- Moon Name: Atlas
- Designation: Saturn XV
- Date Discovered: 1980
- Discovered by: R. Terrile (Voyager 1)
- Average Orbit of Saturn: 85,544 miles
- Total Mass: 7,268,796,326,564 tons
- Surface Area: 1106.28 square miles
10 Atlas Facts for Kids
- Atlas is one of Saturn’s 82 known moons (natural satellites).
- The moon Atlas is named after the Greek mythology god Atlas.
- Atlas has two designations; they are Saturn XV and S/1980 S 28.
- Atlas was discovered in 1980 by Richard J. Terrile using photographs taken by Voyager 1.
- Atlas orbits Saturn just outside the sharp outer edge of Ring A.
- Atlas is classified as an inner satellite (moon) of Saturn.
- The diameter of the moon Atlas is 18.765 mi.
- The average orbit distance for Atlas is 85,544 mi.
- The surface area of the moon Atlas is 1,106.28 mi2.
- The NASA spacecraft Cassini has taken several high-resolution pictures of Atlas while visiting Saturn.
Pictures of Saturn’s Moon Atlas
A high resolution photo of the moon Atlas.
A photo of Atlas near one of Saturn’s rings.
A photo of Atlas ouside of Saturn’s rings.
Additional Resources on Saturn’s Moon Atlas
- In Depth View of Atlas – Discover Saturn’s moon Atlas on the NASA Science Solar System Exploration website.
- Atlas Moon Data – Compare the moon Atlas and our planet Earth on the NASA Science Solar System Exploration website.
- Atlas Moon Pictures – View photos of the moon Atlas taken my NASA spacecrafts on the JPL Photojournal website.
- Atlas (Moon) – Wikipedia – Learn more about the Saturn’s moon Atlas on the Wikipedia website.