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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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Cassini VIMS sees the long-awaited glint off a Titan lake

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.

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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 16: Mimas

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/16 03:28 CST

Mimas is the anti-Enceladus.

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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 12: Saturn

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.

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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 9: Atlas

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.

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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 5: Epimetheus

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.

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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 1: Dione

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.

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Saturn's aurora, even better than before

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/24 03:35 CST

The Cassini imaging team have posted their own processed and captioned version of the Saturn's aurora movie that I posted a preview of about six weeks ago, and it was worth the wait.

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Two more awesome pictures from the Enceladus flyby

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.

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Another great Enceladus shot

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/21 11:16 CST

Here's a 4-frame mosaic of Enceladus images -- just another everyday spectacularly alien landscape.

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Prepare for your jaw to hit the floor when you see these pictures of Enceladus

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.

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Space Imaging II: Getting Started with MER and Cassini Raw Images now available for download

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/19 02:49 CST | 2 comments

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.

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