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Photo of the satellite Atlas of the planet Saturn
Atlas   Saturn XV (S/1980 S28)

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Mean distance from the planet Saturn 137.670 km
Orbital period around the planet Saturn (sideric) 0,602 d
Mean orbital velocity 16,63 km/s
Orbital inclination 0,3 °
Eccentricity of the orbit around the planet Saturn 0,0
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Discovered by Richard John Terrile 1980
Mass 1,1 × 1016 kg
Equatorial radius 18,5 × 17,2 × 13,5 km
Mean density 0,63 g/cm³
Albedo 0,8
Apparent magnitude + 18,0 mvis
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Atlas is a scion of the Titans, the Greek race of giants, and the son of Iapetus and the nymph Clymene. He is the father of the Hesperides, the Hyades and the Pleiades. He was also thought to be the king of legendary Atlantis ("Land of Atlas").

In the revolt of the Titans against the gods of the Olympic, Atlas stormed the heavens and Zeus punished him for this deed by condemning him to forever bear the heavens upon his shoulders.

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