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NASA Spacecraft Sees ‘Pac-Man’ on Saturn Moon
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Image by NASA Goddard Photo and Video
NASA release date March 29, 2010

The highest-resolution-yet temperature map and images of Saturn’s icy moon Mimas obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveal surprising patterns on the surface of the small moon, including unexpected hot regions that resemble “Pac-Man” eating a dot, and striking bands of light and dark in crater walls.

The left portion of this image shows Mimas in visible light, an image that has drawn comparisons to the "Star Wars" Death Star. The right portion shows the new temperature map, which resembles 1980s video game icon "Pac Man."

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Goddard/SWRI/SSI

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