Epimetheus: Im ready for my close-up, Mr. Cassini.

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In its sixth flyby of Saturn, US-European-Italian space probe, Cassini, delivered the best glimpse yet of Saturn’s tiny moon Epimetheus.

The satellite, a companion of the moon Janus, measures just 72 miles in diameter. The two moons share an orbit and at times will switch positions. Epimetheus has a large crater in the center that measures 21 miles across.

Cassini came within about 46,000 miles of the orbiter and returned a snapshot that the BBC described as “Looking not unlike a large lump of cheese.”

All we need now are tea and crumpets.

Cassini was launched in October of 1997, carrying as a bonus feature 1million messages from Internet users to be delivered to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.

Taking seven years to arrive at Saturn, Cassini’s mission is scheduled to end in 2008.

Epimetheus: Im ready for my close-up, Mr. Cassini.
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