Retro rockets to full?

The Great Moon buggy Race will be upon us soon. NASA’s annual competition for groups to run their rickety wheels over a simulated lunar surface will be rolling on the 9th-10th of April. Here is an interview with some of the expected 1,000 students competing.

…and if the idea of a Moon buggy doesn’t conjure up suitably retro thoughts, then the Cassini mission has gone into pop culture nostalgia overdrive. The so called ‘Death Star’ moon Mimas in orbit of Saturn is already well known for its unusual depression, a massive impact crater, that makes it look like the eponymous weapon of the empire. However, a map of temperatures on the surface, which the depression around the crater interferes with, brings to mind a different character – behold the pacman moon:

Image credit: NASA/JPL/GSFC/SWRI/SSI

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