Skip to comments.Cassini Returns Never-before-seen Views of the Ringed Planet - Saturn
Posted on 03/01/2007 6:09:06 PM PST by NormsRevenge
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured never-before-seen views of Saturn from perspectives high above and below the planet's rings. Over the last several months, the spacecraft has climbed to higher and higher inclinations, providing its cameras with glimpses of the planet and rings that have scientists gushing.
"Finally, here are the views that we've waited years for," said Dr. Carolyn Porco, Cassini imaging team leader at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo. "Sailing high above Saturn and seeing the rings spread out beneath us like a giant, copper medallion is like exploring an alien world we've never seen before. It just doesn't look like the same place. It's so utterly breath-taking, it almost gives you vertigo."
The images taken over last two months are being released today and include black and white and color mosaics, as well as a dramatic movie sequence showing the rings as they appeared to Cassini while it sped from south to north, rapidly crossing the ring plane. Also released is a playful view of the rings from high above, with the planet removed.
Cassini's highly inclined orbits around Saturn will be progressively lowered so that, by late June -- three years after entering orbit -- the spacecraft will once more be orbiting in the ring plane.
The new images and movie are available at: http://www.nasa.gov/cassini , http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and http://ciclops.org .
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team is based at the Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.
Thanks for your Post Norm!!!!...
I gladly pay $10 for my share of the cost of this project.
You're most welcome, we need a break from the dems and parade of Rinos. ;-)
This is great stuff, NormsRevenge. I used to have software named Redshift that enabled the user to develop similar images.
Hey Two thirds take a bow buddy you earned it.
WOW!! Thanks for posting this !!!
Have they spotted any potential presidential candidates there?
Whoa! I see some great colors schemes for my next living room repaint. Who says that the space program doesn't have practical applications?
I'm surprised no one has made a joke about Giuliani and Uranus.
That pic is now the background for one of my desktops.
Thank you very much for posting this.
Reminds me of the test pattern we used to see on tv in the old days, when there was nothing else on.
Please stand by...
Now now,, I'm trying to keep this a non-political thread. ;-)
The rings do go all oof the way around the planet.
The blackened out portion of the rings is the shadow of
of Saturn being cast on the rings.
I guess the ";->" part of my post wasn't obvious enough...
Holy Toledo, the full resolution .JPG picture blows my socks off! Very nice.
Lord save us from the Emoticons and their creators!
The Lord of the Rings...
What they should do is maneuver Cassini into the ring plane such that it will, over time, gravitationally attract material to it and create another Saturnian moon!
It's a fake. If you look closely you can see the wire suspending the model in front of the black velvet background... /grin
Nooooooo.. Ed Wood lives and works for
"Call Me Joe" is just one of the things I've been thinking about.
Can you stand another dumb question? Why the black encircling band seemingly lying on the surface of the planet? What "shadow" is that?
Go here (http://www.nasa.gov/mpg/170640main_pia08356-movie.mpg) for an absolutely stunning video!
Opps! Try it again...
I've always felt that "Cassini Division" would make a great name for a band.
--Why do they call them "rings" when they don't even go ALL the way around the planet?--
That pic looks like a Cubs "C" logo with a baseball in the middle (maybe this is their year, a sign from the stars)!
Wow, fantastic, thanks! Loved the moon's motion.
Man do I feel dumb. This is the first I've heard of Cassini, a mission to Saturn, or a joint venture with NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency.
Thanks for the magnificent link!
Norm, I am a structural engineer and worked on the design of Cassini's propellant tanks in the 90's. My latest work on propulsion tanks on a mission that is currently operating is on the fuel tank of this beauty that takes my breath away: MRO
Not for me,but bump for later reading
What $10? It depends on where you are in the tax structure. the project and extended support cost somewhere around $1,400,000,000 . The top 1% of taxpayers pay about 37% of the taxes, so the top 1% are paying around $518,000,000. There are about 120,000,000 taxpayers, so 1.2 mil are in the top 1% so divide that 518 mil by 1.2 and you get $432 each. It's a lot less working down the chain. the top 5% pay 58% of the taxes and if you work this out taking out what the top 1% paid, the next 4% pay about $61 each.
Cassini prepares to fly by walnut-shaped moon
NASA/JPL STATUS REPORT
Posted: September 9, 2007
PASADENA, Calif. - Cassini will make its only close flyby of Saturn’s odd, two-toned, walnut-shaped moon Iapetus on Sept. 10, 2007, at about 1,640 kilometers (1,000 miles) from the surface.
This flyby will be 100 times closer than Cassini’s 2004 encounter, and will be the last time the spacecraft will aim its instruments at this moon.
This moon is very strange. How does it come to have a ridge around the equator?
On New Year's Eve 2004, Cassini flew past Saturn's intriguing moon Iapetus, capturing the four visible light images that were put together to form this global view. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Must-see pictures of Saturn’s moon Iapetus from Cassini
NASA/JPL NEWS RELEASE
Posted: September 12, 2007
No kidding, this is amazing. Check it out.
Thanks! Damn. Looks like snow on that moon or solidified something , that ridge is pretty weird too,, I wonder how cold it is there?
All those moons are strange, and each seems to be unique. Might make one wonder how they can all be so different.