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Iapetus

Todays Astronomy Picture of the Day is Iapetus, one of the moons of Saturn:

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Each of the major moons of the solar system is unique. Iapetus is interesting for the great contrast between its brilliant white surface, which is probably composed of water ice, and the dark black area on the right, which could be covered by some form of carbon.

In the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, Iapetus is the site of the transformation of astronaut Dave Bowman into the “star child.” In the film, this occurs in orbit around Jupiter rather than inside Iapetus.

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October 10, 2007 - Posted by | Astronomy, Science Fiction

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  1. “In the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, Iapetus is the site of the transformation of astronaut Dave Bowman into the “star child.” In the film, this occurs in orbit around Jupiter rather than inside Iapetus.”

    NOT EXACTLY. Upon reaching his destination (Saturn in the novel, Jupiter in the film), Dave Bowman discovers the Stargate (located on Iapetus in the novel, orbiting Jupiter in the film), an extraterrestrial device capable of opening a “wormhole” in spacetime, through which Dave is transported to a completely different part of the Universe. After spending the rest of his natural life in alien captivity, Dave is boosted to a higher state of evolution before being returned to Earth.

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    Comment by Chuck Anziulewicz | July 1, 2009


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