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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).

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. 

Europa

HIDDEN DEPTHS  Evidence is growing that plumes of water erupt through the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa, seen in this composite image taken by the Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s.

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