The Big Picture covers Cassini and Saturn

Small, battered Epimetheus before Saturns A and F rings, and and smog-enshrouded Titan (5,150 km/3,200 mi wide) beyond. The color information in the colorized view is artificial: it is derived from red, green and blue images taken at nearly the same time and phase angle as the clear filter image. This color information was overlaid onto a previously released clear filter view in order to approximate the scene as it might appear to human eyes. The view was acquired on April 28, 2006, at a distance of approximately 667,000 km (415,000 mi) from Epimetheus and 1.8 million km (1.1 million mi) from Titan. The image scale is 4 km (2 mi) per pixel on Epimetheus and 11 km (7 mi) per pixel on Titan. (NASA/JPL/SSI)

Small, battered Epimetheus before Saturn's A and F rings, and and smog-enshrouded Titan beyond. (NASA/JPL/SSI)

The Cassini mission to Saturn has entered the next phase and one that is a complete bonus. The probe has exceeded expectations and been so successful that a new mission was crafted for this prodigious robotic scientist.

Recently the extremely cool photo blog The Big Picture featured some stunning images from the new Cassini mission. The new science we have gathered about how saturn, the rings, and the moons are connected changes weekly. It is the kind of re-teaching I find particularly exciting.

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One Response to “The Big Picture covers Cassini and Saturn”

  1. that’s incredible

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