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A feast of pretty pictures from Cassini

Emily Lakdawalla • April 12, 2010

Cassini has it almost too easy. Point at anything in the Saturn system and you're guaranteed of a shot that looks, at least, pretty.

A busy day for Cassini: Dione plus bonus Enceladus and Janus

Emily Lakdawalla • April 08, 2010

The Cassini Saturn orbiter just completed its second very close flyby of Saturn's mid-sized iceball moon Dione, and the images from that encounter have been streaming onto the Cassini raw images website this morning.

Pretty picture: Rhea, rings, and two little moons

Emily Lakdawalla • April 06, 2010

Here's a lovely picture whose components came down from Cassini a few days ago.

Mimas' cold region: another new mystery for Cassini to explore

Emily Lakdawalla • March 29, 2010

This new map of Saturn's moon Mimas -- representing data captured by the CIRS thermal infrared spectrometer during Cassini's February 13, 2010 flyby -- is just baffling.

A trio of pretty Cassini pics

Emily Lakdawalla • March 19, 2010

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.

Titan: Callisto with weather

Emily Lakdawalla • March 16, 2010

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.

Helene has two faces

Emily Lakdawalla • March 11, 2010

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.

Pointing at Helene

Emily Lakdawalla • March 10, 2010

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.

Cassini's Helene flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • March 05, 2010

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

Cassini at Enceladus: Baghdad's Glowing Canyon

Emily Lakdawalla • February 23, 2010

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

Hello, snowman! (Cassini observes Iapetus)

Emily Lakdawalla • February 19, 2010

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

Cassini eyes the eyeball

Emily Lakdawalla • February 16, 2010

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

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

Emily Lakdawalla • February 09, 2010

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!

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

Emily Lakdawalla and John Spencer • February 03, 2010

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!!

Cassini Aegaeon and Prometheus awesomeness

Emily Lakdawalla • January 28, 2010

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.

Highlights from the January 1, 2010 Cassini imaging data release

Emily Lakdawalla • January 13, 2010

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.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 29: Rhea

Emily Lakdawalla • December 29, 2009

Rhea? You might be asking. Rhea? When Saturn has so many more interesting moons? Hear me out.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 26: Titan

Emily Lakdawalla • December 26, 2009

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.

Awesome Cassini mutual event movies

Emily Lakdawalla • December 23, 2009

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.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 20: Iapetus

Emily Lakdawalla • December 20, 2009

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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