Explore Saturn’s Moons With These Interactive Maps

Michele Debczak
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On December 19, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft performed its last of many flybys over Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus. For more than a decade, Cassini has been orbiting the ringed planet to give scientists a closer look at its 62 moons. In that time, the craft has studied complex weather systems, snapped thousands of images, and even discovered evidence of a global, liquid ocean beneath Enceladus’s surface.

We know more about Saturn’s moons than we ever have before, and in honor of the closing of this chapter of Cassini’s mission, The New York Times has created seven 3D, interactive maps of the planet's major moons. Users can drag their cursors to rotate the three-dimensional images and observe their various geographical regions. Each map provides a brief run-down of the selected celestial body which includes any historical context and the moon's most notable features. To give the maps a spin, you can visit the Times’s website.