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Saturn’s Prometheus

By Harley White posted 10-27-2023 07:43

  

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute.

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Saturn’s Prometheus

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Saturn’s a planet with myriad moons

that orbit around in a splendid hem

with differing forms like blown-up balloons,

Prometheus moon being one of them.

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Officially after the Titan named,

by space probe Voyager One it was found

though unlike in Aeschylus’ drama famed

Prometheus here is to Saturn bound.

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This shepherd satellite for the F ring

with shape elongated in the extreme

has quite a chaotic orbital swing

as part of complex Saturnian scheme.

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With density low yet albedo high

it would seem to be icy and porous;

technical terms by the score could apply

plus a multitude more in thesaurus.

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Because much uncertainty still remains

it appears further flybys are needed.

Oh that our wisdom could equal our brains,

or that wise admonitions were heeded...

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If ‘fire’ is metaphorically meant

as symbol for fire of burning desire,

then though it’s present in any event,

when unenlightened, results can be dire.

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By stealing the fire to help Man exist

and for which he was punished severely,

Prometheus tried Mankind to assist,

yet our usage of fire matters dearly.

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~ Harley White

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    PROMETHEUS.

    Whom the Gods would destroy they first make mad.

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From: ‘The Masque of Pandora’, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Prometheus (moon) ~ Wikipedia…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus_(moon)

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Saturn’s moon Prometheus seen up close (Astronomy Now)…

https://astronomynow.com/2015/12/09/saturns-moon-prometheus-seen-up-close/

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Explanation: Saturn’s moon Prometheus imaged by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on 6 December 2015. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft spied details on the pockmarked surface of Saturn’s moon Prometheus (86 kilometres, or 53 miles across) during a moderately close flyby. This is one of Cassini’s highest resolution views of Prometheus

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Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute.


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