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Pic: NASA photo of 'Death Star' sends Star Wars fanboys into a tizzy

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Photo and text via NASA

A couple of weeks ago I brought you the Millennium Falcon at the bottom of the ocean. Today, I bring you ... The Death Star!

It's actually the Saturnian moon Mimas, but this is just further proof that George Lucas is an alien.

Some of the raw, unprocessed images sent back from the flyby show the bright, steep slopes of the giant Herschel Crater, which measures about 140 kilometers (88 miles) wide. The icy slopes appear to be pitched around 24 degrees, which would probably earn them a black- or double-black-diamond rating on Earth. Olympic downhill skiers could probably tear down these runs with ease, but it's clear Mimas is no place for bunny-slope beginners.

The images, which have the highest resolution so far, also show jumbled terrain inside the crater and many craters within the crater. These features hint at a long history, which scientists will be working diligently to analyze.

"This flyby has been like looking at a cell or an onion skin under the microscope for the first time," said Bonnie Buratti, one of the leads for the Satellite Orbiter Science Team. "We'd seen the large crater from afar since the early 1980s, but now its small bumps and blemishes are all clearly visible."

Happy Friday Maniacs!

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