Meet Frank, Saturn's 60th Moon

Planet's latest addition sparks search for more
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2007 1:09 PM CDT
Meet Frank, Saturn's 60th Moon
Saturn's newly discovered 60th moon, highlighted in red.   (NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)

(Newser) – Scientists have discovered Saturn’s 60th moon, and are hinting that more could exist. In May, cameras aboard the Cassini spacecraft captured the “extremely faint object,” which scientists have officially designated a moon and tentatively named Frank. Composed mostly of ice and rock, Frank is about a mile wide and orbits between two other Saturnian moons, Methone and Pallene.

Scientists say the close proximity between Frank and its Saturnian cousins suggests the existence of a network of more hidden moons. Before the Cassini mission’s launch in 1997, astronomers only knew about 18 of Saturn’s satellites and have since uncovered 42 more. Frank will receive a new, official name from the International Astronomical Union. (Read more Saturn stories.)

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