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A trio of pretty Cassini pics

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/19 02:19 CDT

It's been a little while since I posted any Cassini pictures just because they were pretty, so here's a few recent ones, produced by amateurs from the images available on the Cassini raw images website.

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Titan: Callisto with weather

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/16 05:18 CDT | 2 comments

It's the second time I've posted with this provocative title. This time, it's in response to a new paper published last week in Science.

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Helene has two faces

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/11 10:59 CST

Yes, it's yet another post on Helene! I keep on finding new stuff to post. This time it is a really cool montage assembled by Ian Regan.

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Pointing at Helene

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/10 11:40 CST

I posted already some neat images from Cassini's flyby of Helene last week, and commented on how most of the images from that encounter missed Helene entirely or only caught the moon at one edge of the camera field of view. Here's an example of one of those images.

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Cassini's Helene flyby

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/05 04:05 CST

I was much anticipating Cassini's encounter with Helene on Wednesday.

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Cassini at Enceladus: Baghdad's Glowing Canyon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/23 05:33 CST

The Cassini mission released a pile of images today from the super-close flyby of Enceladus that happened on November 21.

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Hello, snowman! (Cassini observes Iapetus)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/19 02:05 CST

I visited the Cassini raw images site today and was pleased to see another couple of sets of images have been captured on Iapetus.

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Cassini tour page updated for the Solstice Mission

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/16 03:20 CST

My enormously long page describing the details of Cassini's tour -- each and every Cassini orbit of Saturn -- is now updated to include the entire Solstice Mission, which doubles its length.

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Cassini eyes the eyeball

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/16 02:11 CST

On Saturday, Cassini flew within 9,500 kilometers of Mimas, the innermost of the medium-sized icy moons of Saturn.

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Calypso coolness

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/14 08:42 CST

Cassini got pretty close to Calypso yesterday, on the way in to Mimas. Calypso is one of the smaller moonlets of Saturn.

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A Space Carnival (#140) and some new names for Enceladus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/02/09 10:39 CST

This week the Carnival of Space is over at one of my favorite new blogs, Lights in the Dark. Actually it's not so new -- evidently this week marks its first anniversary!

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Hooray! Cassini's tour has been extended for SEVEN MORE YEARS!

Posted by Emily LakdawallaJohn Spencer on 2010/02/03 01:12 CST

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!!

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Cassini Aegaeon and Prometheus awesomeness

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/01/28 12:38 CST

There were many, many treats waiting on the Cassini raw images website this morning. Yesterday, Cassini traversed the G ring, taking photos all the way.

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Figuring out the shape of Mars (and other places)

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.

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Highlights from the January 1, 2010 Cassini imaging data release

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.

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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 29: Rhea

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.

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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 27: Prometheus (hot off the presses!)

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.

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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 26: Titan

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.

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Awesome Cassini mutual event movies

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.

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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 20: Iapetus

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.

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