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 2010/01/13 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 2009/12/26 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 2009/12/11 11:24 CST
My inbox was exploding this morning with messages about a tremendously cool animation released this morning by ESA's Mars Express team. It shows Phobos crossing Deimos, in what's known as a "mutual event."
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.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/18 04:58 CST
Since tomorrow's class is going to be on playing with raw images from the rovers and Cassini, I've been playing with recent raw images from the rovers and Cassini! I just thought I'd share a couple of the fun items I've been working with.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/03 12:21 CST
This image goodie was produced from the raw images from Cassini's close encounter with Saturn's geyser moon Enceladus yesterday by Gordan Ugarkovic.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/02 11:10 CST
Raw images from Cassini's close pass by Enceladus today started appearing on the JPL raw images website, and some less-compressed versions of a few of them showed up on the CICLOPS website.