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Mimas on the Half Shell
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Mimas on the Half Shell
"Mimas, innermost major moon of Saturn, has a huge crater on one side, named after the astronomer Herschel. When first discovered, it was said that if the impacting body was a little larger, it would have broken up the small moon. Later it was hypothesized that this has, in fact, happened to the Saturnian moons. The painting shows us the possible aftermath of such an impact."

Kim Poor   © 1985
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