NASA unveils Saturn’s second Pac-Man moon1 min read

Pac-Man makes an appearance on one of Saturn’s moons, turning our solar system into one big retro gaming space arcade.

Forget Mars! NASA has discovered signs of video gaming on a moon of Saturn. Recently released images from the Cassini mission show features on the icy moon of Thethys that look suspiciously like a famous ’80s arcade creation.

The Pac-Man image was discovered in thermal data provided by Cassini’s composite infrared spectrometer. You can read up on the nifty high-energy electrons bombardment theory for the shape over at NASA. The findings were published in the journal Icarus.

“Finding a second Pac-Man in the Saturn system tells us that the processes creating these Pac-Men are more widespread than previously thought,” lead author Carly Howett says in a release from NASA. “The Saturn system – and even the Jupiter system – could turn out to be a veritable arcade of these characters.” Very funny, NASA scientist.

Even cooler about this discovery is that it’s not the first Saturn moon to sport the iconic video gaming hero. That honor goes to Mimas, which was photographed looking very hungry for Pac-dots back in 2010. So far, NASA has remained mum about any possibility of Blinky, Pinky, Inky, or Clyde appearing on some of Saturn’s other moons.

Sebastien Clarke
Sebastien Clarke

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