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On September 26, 2005, the Cassini spacecraft flew by Saturn’s moon Hyperion, and captured some fascinating images revealing its unusual surface. The photo has been corrected with “false-color” in order to make more subtle color variations more apparent, but viewed in natural color, the moon’s surface has a red tint to it. Most likely, the color differences represent the varying surface materials that make up the small moon. The high-resolution image is gorgeous, and shows the deep, dark-bottomed craters in detail.

The Cassini spacecraft is part of a joint space exploration effort between NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency.

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