Cultural Impact: Death Star Spotted Lurking Near the Rings of Saturn (…Luckily it is Just an Asteroid Crater on One of the More Bizarre Moons Found in Our Solar System)Friday 29 June 2012
Or is it?
‘Pity the poor NASA astronomer who saw the first images of this moon when the Pioneer 11 flew by in 1979.
For this was only two years after the first Star Wars came out – so that film’s iconic Death Star was very much in the public consciousness.
The similarities are pretty startling – enough to make us wonder if Saturn’s moon, called Mimas, is not actually just the fossilised, crumbling remains of an evil empire’s ship from a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…’