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Cassini Returns Never-before-seen Views of the Ringed Planet - Saturn
NASA.gov ^ | 3/1/07

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cassini; huygens; nasa; saturn; space; titan

1 posted on 03/01/2007 6:09:07 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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"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.


2 posted on 03/01/2007 6:09:41 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: NormsRevenge

Thanks for your Post Norm!!!!...


3 posted on 03/01/2007 6:16:22 PM PST by GitmoSailor (Cold War Veteran===Beware of the IDs of Marx=Fairness Doctrine,3rd party,Slow Bleed+Hillary.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I gladly pay $10 for my share of the cost of this project.


4 posted on 03/01/2007 6:18:34 PM PST by gridlock (Isn't it peculiar that matter what the problem, the government's solution is always "more taxes".)
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To: GitmoSailor

You're most welcome, we need a break from the dems and parade of Rinos. ;-)


5 posted on 03/01/2007 6:19:35 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: NormsRevenge

This is great stuff, NormsRevenge. I used to have software named Redshift that enabled the user to develop similar images.


6 posted on 03/01/2007 6:19:58 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: sig226

Planetary PING!!!


7 posted on 03/01/2007 6:20:55 PM PST by Roccus (They're living in the Dark Ages and they act like they own the world. [Dmitri Gredenko])
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To: NormsRevenge; Two Thirds Vote Aye
Norm we have freeper who worked on Cassini..

Hey Two thirds take a bow buddy you earned it.

8 posted on 03/01/2007 6:27:26 PM PST by Dog
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To: NormsRevenge

Awesome!


9 posted on 03/01/2007 6:31:15 PM PST by NinoFan (Rudy Lovers: The Rosie O'Donnell Wing of the Republican Party)
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To: NormsRevenge; All

WOW!! Thanks for posting this !!!

BTTT !!


10 posted on 03/01/2007 6:33:20 PM PST by musicman
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To: NormsRevenge

Have they spotted any potential presidential candidates there?

Awesome photos!


11 posted on 03/01/2007 6:38:18 PM PST by o_zarkman44
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To: GitmoSailor

Whoa! I see some great colors schemes for my next living room repaint. Who says that the space program doesn't have practical applications?


12 posted on 03/01/2007 6:39:56 PM PST by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: NormsRevenge

I'm surprised no one has made a joke about Giuliani and Uranus.


13 posted on 03/01/2007 6:45:05 PM PST by MittFan08 (Anybody but McCain)
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To: NormsRevenge

Beautiful.....

That pic is now the background for one of my desktops.

Thank you very much for posting this.


14 posted on 03/01/2007 6:50:56 PM PST by Gator113
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To: NormsRevenge

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...


15 posted on 03/01/2007 6:58:09 PM PST by Graymatter
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To: MittFan08

Now now,, I'm trying to keep this a non-political thread. ;-)


16 posted on 03/01/2007 6:58:27 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: NormsRevenge
Why do they call them "rings" when they don't even go ALL the way around the planet?

;->

17 posted on 03/01/2007 6:58:45 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
"Why do they call them "rings" when they don't even go ALL the way around the planet"

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.

18 posted on 03/01/2007 7:03:19 PM PST by StormEye
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To: StormEye

I guess the ";->" part of my post wasn't obvious enough...


19 posted on 03/01/2007 7:06:01 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Holy Toledo, the full resolution .JPG picture blows my socks off! Very nice.


20 posted on 03/01/2007 7:13:58 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: Izzy Dunne
"I guess the ";->" part of my post wasn't obvious enough"

Lord save us from the Emoticons and their creators!

(:-{

21 posted on 03/01/2007 7:16:35 PM PST by StormEye
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; FairOpinion; Fred Nerks; Swordmaker; KevinDavis

The Lord of the Rings...


22 posted on 03/01/2007 8:13:42 PM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, February 19, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

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!


23 posted on 03/01/2007 8:16:29 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: NormsRevenge

It's a fake. If you look closely you can see the wire suspending the model in front of the black velvet background... /grin


24 posted on 03/01/2007 8:16:39 PM PST by tarheelswamprat (So what if I'm not rich? So what if I'm not one of the beautiful people? At least I'm not smart...)
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To: tarheelswamprat

Nooooooo.. Ed Wood lives and works for
Nasa.. aaaiiieeeeee


25 posted on 03/01/2007 8:18:54 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: Peanut Gallery; sionnsar; NicknamedBob

ping


26 posted on 03/01/2007 8:19:10 PM PST by Professional Engineer (I didn't realize I had developed a taste for Kool-Aid.)
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To: NormsRevenge

BTTT


27 posted on 03/01/2007 8:21:00 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: Professional Engineer
I was just looking it over. The radar views of Titan give much food for thought.

"Call Me Joe" is just one of the things I've been thinking about.

28 posted on 03/01/2007 8:29:51 PM PST by NicknamedBob (You may not grok eating the sandwich, but the sandwich groks being eaten.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Can you stand another dumb question? Why the black encircling band seemingly lying on the surface of the planet? What "shadow" is that?


29 posted on 03/01/2007 9:54:05 PM PST by Elsiejay
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To: Elsiejay
this time-lapse image is particularly interesting...


30 posted on 03/01/2007 10:26:09 PM PST by Enduring Freedom (what does al qaeda and bush have in common? caves)
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To: LibWhacker

Go here (http://www.nasa.gov/mpg/170640main_pia08356-movie.mpg) for an absolutely stunning video!

CA....


31 posted on 03/01/2007 10:50:15 PM PST by Chances Are (Whew! It seems I've once again found that silly grin!)
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To: Chances Are

Opps! Try it again...

http://www.nasa.gov/mpg/170640main_pia08356-movie.mpg

CA....


32 posted on 03/01/2007 10:51:37 PM PST by Chances Are (Whew! It seems I've once again found that silly grin!)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

I've always felt that "Cassini Division" would make a great name for a band.

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33 posted on 03/01/2007 11:15:01 PM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, February 19, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Izzy Dunne

--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)!
;->


34 posted on 03/01/2007 11:42:47 PM PST by rfp1234 (Custom-built for Bill Clinton: the new Toyota Priapus.)
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To: Chances Are

Wow, fantastic, thanks! Loved the moon's motion.


35 posted on 03/02/2007 12:50:50 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: NormsRevenge

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.


36 posted on 03/02/2007 12:56:11 AM PST by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: Chances Are

Thanks for the magnificent link!


37 posted on 03/02/2007 12:57:29 AM PST by Maeve (And while we're at it, ban the ACLU.)
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To: Dog; NormsRevenge
Thanks for the ping, Dog! I have been watching Cassini's science with jaw-dropping awe here: Cassini's Raw Science

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

38 posted on 03/02/2007 4:34:53 AM PST by Two Thirds Vote Aye (The Satanic Islamic savages are now more emboldened than they were on 9/10/2001.)
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To: Dog; NormsRevenge
MRO's HiRise Science website.... click on the Primary Science Phase
39 posted on 03/02/2007 4:53:55 AM PST by Two Thirds Vote Aye (The Satanic Islamic savages are now more emboldened than they were on 9/10/2001.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Breathtaking.

Thank you.


40 posted on 03/02/2007 10:01:53 AM PST by highball ("I never should have switched from scotch to martinis." -- the last words of Humphrey Bogart)
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To: Two Thirds Vote Aye

Not for me,but bump for later reading


41 posted on 03/02/2007 10:49:06 AM PST by mel
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To: gridlock
I gladly pay $10 for my share of the cost of this project.

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.

42 posted on 03/02/2007 10:54:55 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government)
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To: NormsRevenge

http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n0709/09iapetus/

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?


43 posted on 09/10/2007 7:37:25 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: RightWhale
a true freak of nature, probably happened as a result of a collapse of the center and a tearing of the crustlike surface, but to have it line up so nicely is a bit much..

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

44 posted on 09/10/2007 10:10:18 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline—1-866-DHS-2-ICE)
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To: NormsRevenge

Must-see pictures of Saturn’s moon Iapetus from Cassini
NASA/JPL NEWS RELEASE
Posted: September 12, 2007

http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n0709/12iapetus/

No kidding, this is amazing. Check it out.


45 posted on 09/15/2007 7:55:37 AM PDT by RightWhale (Snow above 2000')
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To: RightWhale

Thanks! Damn. Looks like snow on that moon or solidified something , that ridge is pretty weird too,, I wonder how cold it is there?


46 posted on 09/15/2007 6:27:15 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline—1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Neat stuff.

47 posted on 09/15/2007 6:31:24 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: NormsRevenge

All those moons are strange, and each seems to be unique. Might make one wonder how they can all be so different.


48 posted on 09/16/2007 7:52:22 AM PDT by RightWhale (Snow above 2000')
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