NASA has just announced that once Cassini's Equinox Mission runs out in June of this year, they will extend it a further seven more years, long enough for the spacecraft to see Saturn through its solstice!!
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/19 01:31 CST
An amateur named Bernhard Braun ("nirgal" on unmannedspaceflight) has been posting the results from a new piece of software he's developed that generates 3-D models of landscapes from single photos.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/13 03:43 CST
The January 1, 2010 Cassini imaging data release includes everything acquired by Cassini from January 1 to March 30, 2009 in all its high-quality glory.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/29 11:00 CST
Rhea? You might be asking. Rhea? When Saturn has so many more interesting moons? Hear me out.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/27 03:24 CST
This one is fresh from the spacecraft! The data were captured yesterday, December 26, by Cassini during its best yet imaging encounter with the small ringmoon Prometheus, and showed up on the Cassini raw images website today.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/26 11:28 CST
Titan is a weird alternate-universe Earth, surprisingly similar to our own planet in some ways, but not at all like our planet in others.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/23 01:04 CST
I love posting animations of Cassini images that I compose from frames grabbed from the mission's raw images website, but they are shoddy compared to the versions that eventually come out from the mission's imaging team.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/20 02:48 CST
Iapetus! I'm always interested in Cassini images, but five years ago this month I was refreshing the Cassini raw images website several times a day, eagerly anticipating the mission's first good encounter with Iapetus.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/17 04:28 CST
The Cassini mission announced today the first observation of a specular reflection off of a lake on Titan. A specular reflection is a mirror-like flash, and you only get one when you have a mirror-like surface -- very, very smooth.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/16 03:28 CST
Mimas is the anti-Enceladus.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/12 03:17 CST
Cassini's amazing cameras have set a new standard for the quality, sharpness, resolution, beautiful color, and all-around spectacularness of images returned from the outer solar system.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/09 01:55 CST
Here's another weird-looking one, though it's less weird from this particular, polar point of view than it is when viewed from the side.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/05 09:17 CST
Epimetheus is one of the many small moons of Saturn that are referred to by the Cassini mission team as "rocks" though they are probably mostly made of ice, not rock.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/01 04:08 CST
I've always loved advent calendars and the way they both managed and heightened my anticipation of the gift-opening frenzy of Christmas morning.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/22 05:54 CST
I'm getting to be a broken record here, but I can't stop looking at these photos from the Enceladus flyby.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/21 10:26 CST
Wow, just wow. I didn't know what to expect from the second flyby of Saturn's geyser moon Enceladus in November, which happened yesterday.
I probably crammed too much into today's class: an hour-and-a-half whirlwind tour through the cameras on the rovers and Cassini, how to access their raw images on the Internet, and some basic processing that you can do with each of them.