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Last Updated: Saturday February 26 2005 14:57 GMT

Names given to new Saturn moons

The names for three new moons discovered around the planet Saturn have been revealed.

The moons will be called Methone, Pallene and Polydeuces after characters from Greek mythology.

Methone and Pallene were the beautiful daughters of a giant and Polydeuces was a son of king of the gods, Zeus.

The moons were discovered in August and October last year by the Cassini spacecraft, soon after it arrived in orbit around the ringed planet.

Since then, the spacecraft has put the Huygens probe on another one of Saturn's moons, Titan.

The $3.2bn Cassini-Huygens mission to the planet is a partnership between the US Space Agency (Nasa), the European Space Agency (Esa) and the Italian Space Agency (Asi).



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