Spongy-Looking Hyperion Tumbles Into View
Date: 11 Jun 2005
Two new Cassini views of Saturn's tumbling moon Hyperion offer the best looks yet at one of the icy, irregularly-shaped moons that orbit the giant, ringed planet.
The image products released today include a movie sequence and a 3D view, and are available at http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov, http://www.nasa.gov/cassini and http://ciclops.org.
The views were acquired between June 9 and June 11, 2005 , during Cassini's first brush with Hyperion.
Hyperion is decidedly non-spherical and its unusual shape is easy to see in the movie, which was acquired over the course of two and a half days. Jagged outlines visible on the moon's surface are indicators of large impacts that have chipped away at its shape like a sculptor.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute