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6/13/04 Space (smh) NASA has close encounter with tiny Saturn moon.

"Close-up photographs of the heavily cratered surface of tiny Phoebe are the first of thousands of images Cassini will capture over the next four years. Cameras firing, the spacecraft passed within 2000 kilometres of Phoebe's dark, icy surface.

Phoebe, 210 kilometres across, was discovered by astronomers in 1898. Because it orbits Saturn in a direction opposite to that of the other main moons, it may be a captive comet, an errant asteroid or a chunk of rubble from the Kuiper Belt - matter from the outer limits of the solar system."


 

 

 

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