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Giant pac-man menaces outer solar system

PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:40 am
by Aspman
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/30/pac_man_moon/

The Cassini spacecraft has sent back some unexpected surface temperature data from Saturnian moon Mimas - a satellite previous dubbed the "Death Star" for its prominent Herschel Crater, but now demonstrating its allegiance may lie more with Pac-Man than Star Wars:


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Re: Giant pac-man menaces outer solar system

PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:43 pm
by Egaladeist
The temperature on the moon varies from -387 Fahrenheit (-233 Celsius), at night, to 253 Fahrenheit (123 Celsius) during the day. Because the moon has no atmosphere to block some of the sun's rays or to help trap heat at night, its temperature varies greatly between day and night.


http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/cosm ... temp.shtml

So it's not dramatically different than the moon...so, theoretically we could build a station there.

Re: Giant pac-man menaces outer solar system

PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:52 pm
by SirDice
The only problem is that it takes slightly longer to get there.

Not sure if I would be able to cope that long being in a rather confined space with a few other guys :shock:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassini%E2 ... Trajectory