Friday, December 4, 2009
The Equinox Mission
The Cassini orbiter was launched in 1997 to study Saturn. It took until 2004 for it to arrive there and the photographs it's been sending back to Earth are nothing short of spectacular.
The photograph above, courtesy of NASA and JPL, was made during a solar eclipse. The image is so vivid, scientists were able to identify rings around Saturn that heretofore were not known to exist.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology
maintains a phenomenal website, easily navigated, that hosts their Cassini photographs and gives updates of its Equinox Mission. You can even fly around Saturn in 3-D. If you'd like to take a look at the award winning website, you can click here.