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.

5 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

I will never forget the first time I saw Saturn through a good telescope - it was amazing.

Sweet Repose said...

I'm goin there now, need a break to eat some choclate...have a great day out there in sunny California...you lucky girl!

steven said...

hey golden west - sweet pic! i haven't seen this before although i've followed cassini since it was first approved. it's the most amazing mission of them all from my perspective! steven

Rachel Fenton said...

I have all on comprehending what is on this earth, let alone out there....mindblowing!

High Desert Diva said...

Spectacular!