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Space Photos of the Week: Starkiller Base? Nope, Just Real-Life Icy Moons


Added 12-14-19 10:06:07am EST - “There's more to these frozen, frost-covered satellites than meets the eye.” - Wired.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Wired.com: “Space Photos of the Week: Starkiller Base? Nope, Just Real-Life Icy Moons”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Our solar system has amazing moons. Our own moon is pretty great, but no offense to our planet, the outer solar system is where all the action is. Our two gas giants, Jupiter and Saturn, have dozens of moons, some of which are the most bizarre and scientifically interesting in the entire solar system. Some are tiny, oddly shaped rocks, some are larger mixtures of ice and rock, and some even have entire oceans below their surface. We’re still only learning about the range of possible moons in the solar system. This week we’re going to visit just a few of our solar system’s standouts.

Ice sculptor Shintaro Okamoto explains the art of sculpting ice in 10 levels of difficulty. The angelfish is one of the most historical designs in the ice sculpting community, so it's the perfect place to start. Shintaro explains how you can create an angelfish design in increasing levels of complexity, from using simple hand tools to CNC machining the piece. 3D ice printing footage courtesy of McGill University.

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