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Mimas

Mimas is one of the 62 moons of Saturn in the solar system

The distance from the Earth to Mimas is over 790 million miles.

Mimas, also known as Saturn 1, was discovered in 1789 by William Herschel. Mimas is named after the son of Gaia, the Greek goddess.

 

 

 

Due to the low density of Mimas, the body is made up of mostly ice water, with a little bit of rocky material.

As moons go, Mimas has a magnificent amount of craters on its surface, due to impacts over its existence.

Since the moons discovery, a number missions have taken place where the moon has been observed, such as Pioneer 11 in 1979, Voyager 1 & 2 and 1980 and 81, and most recently, the Cassini missions in 2004 and 2010.

 

Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. The largest crater on Mimas is called Herschel, and is named after William Herschel.

# 2. Mimas is the smallest celestial body in the solar system that is a sphere.

# 3. The diameter of Mimas is 250 miles.

# 4. Mimas is Saturn’s 7th largest moon.

# 5. The from the Earth to Mimas is over 790 million miles.

 

Q&A Corner

Q. Who discovered Mimas?

Q. Who is Mimas named after?

Q. What distance in miles is Mimas from the Earth?

Q. What is the diameter of Mimas?

Q. What size in number rank is Mimas of Saturn’s moons.

 

Download questions about Mimas here: Mimas (answers are on this page)

For further reading and more information on Mercury visit www.kidsdiscover.com/Mimas

 

Key Vocabulary Solar System. Moon. Crater. Celestial
 

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