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Saturn moons and simulated moons

SPITTING IMAGE  Simulated collisions between two moonlets can lead to oddly shaped moons (bottom row) that closely resemble some of Saturn’s moons (top row; from left to right: Pan, Atlas and Prometheus).

NOT LIKE THE OTHERS  Many asteroids share Jupiter’s orbit (illustrated, not to scale). Most asteroids travel in the same direction around the sun as the planet. But there’s one moving in reverse, which could indicate it came from outside the solar system.

farside of the moon

NEXT STOP  China’s relay satellite will support a future mission to the farside of the moon, photographed here in 2014 by an earlier Chinese satellite called Chang’e-5T1. 

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