cassini approaches saturn

From Astronomy Picture of the Day today. So beautiful…

What would it look like to approach Saturn in a spaceship? One doesn’t have to just imagine — the Cassini spacecraft did just this in 2004, recording thousands of images along the way, and thousands more since entering orbit. Recently, some of these images have been digitally tweaked, cropped, and compiled into the above inspiring video which is part of a larger developing IMAX movie project named Outside In. In the last sequence, Saturn looms increasingly large on approach as cloudy Titan swoops below. With Saturn whirling around in the background, Cassini is next depicted flying over Mimas, with large Herschel Craterclearly visible. Saturn’s majestic rings then take over the show as Cassini crosses Saturn’s thin ring plane. Dark shadows of the ring appear on Saturn itself. Finally, the enigmatic ice-geyser moon Enceladus appears in the distance and then is approached just as the video clip ends.


1 Response to “cassini approaches saturn”

  1. 1 johnni March 16, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    not related (your science posts often go over my head.) BUT i met a lady from arvada, CO. She came into world’s window and by the end of the conversation invited me to colorado 🙂 her opinion on favorite places in CO:

    1. Glenwood Springs – have you been there?
    2. Boulder
    3. Colorado Springs

    Take a poll – what are your favorites? How about your roomies? Just curious…

    Also FYI — semi-doing that cleanse. Call me lazy but it’s kind of a lot of food / cooking!

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