From TheVerge –
This little moonlet is thought to be about 20 miles wide, and it’s located in a 200-mile-wide gap in Saturn’s rings known as the Encke Gap. In fact, Pan is known as a shepherd moon, meaning it moves ring particles around during its orbit and actually keeps the Encke Gap “open.” That bulge around the moon is thought to be material from Saturn’s rings that Pan has collected during its trip around the planet.
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Published February 17, 2017
Tags: astronomy, Astrophysics, Lunar Calendar, Lunar Clock, LunarClock, NASA, science, space exploration, Sweden, timekeeping
LunarClock.org have devised a clock and calendar for the moon. Apparently, this was necessary because of the moon’s rotation and length of day is different than the Earth’s (or something like that). Anyway, the site’s FAQ gives some explanation.
1. What is the Lunar Calendar and why do I need one?
The Lunar Calendar is designed to be used by colonists of the Moon, and it differs from the one we use here on Earth. Unless you live on the Moon, you don’t really need one, but you can support the idea anyway. Who, knows? Perhaps you will live on the Moon in the future, or your children might. You can read the details on how this calendar works.
Visit LunarClock.org and check current lunar time.
Found a short history of the ill-fated Apollo 1 mission. Three astronauts, Command Pilot Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward H. White II, and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee, perished on the launchpad in a fire on January 27, 1967. There are rarely seen photos, some which people may find upsetting (charred spacesuits).
Read the history HERE.