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“Ice Queen” Helene Glimpsed by Cassini

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On June 18, NASA received this image from their Cassini spacecraft. Helene is an irregularly shaped ice moon in orbit at an average distance of 234,500 miles away from Saturn, and is about 22 miles across. NASA dubbed it Saturn’s “ice queen” when they received the image from Cassini. The moon was discovered March 1, 1980, and is named after the mythical granddaughter of Kronos. Kronos was the Greek version of Rome’s god Saturn. Helene is one of Saturn’s 62 known moons, and one of the 53 actually given formal names.

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