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For almost 11 years now, the Cassini-Huygens Probe has been exploring Saturn, and its large number of exotic moons. Over the course of that time, Cassini has acquired an impressive collection of images, along with several other accolades (like that one time Huygens was dispatched from the orbiter, and it went on to land on the surface of Titan for the very first time).

Sadly, the end of this iconic mission is neigh. Cassini-Huygens will soon explore Saturn from closer than ever before, when it will dive face-first into its atmosphere—ultimately breaking apart and incinerating.  Of course, its legacy will remain long after its physical form is gone.

In what may be among the last images taken of the Saturnian system for quite some time, Cassini has taken a series of stunning photographs of Hyperion—Saturn’s strange, sponge-like moon. One of them can be seen here.

The image in question was captured by NASA’s Cassini orbiter during a flyby on May 31st, when the probe was 24,000 miles (38,000 kilometers) from the small moon. Hyperion’s marred surface is the result of impact craters, which have collected over the course of billions of years. (See a larger image here).

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