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Saturn from above

Emily Lakdawalla • March 01, 2007

OK, I had planned to confine my posts this week to Rosetta and New Horizons, but I could not let these images sit on my computer until next week.

Saturn from above, in color

Emily Lakdawalla • January 31, 2007

I wrote recently about a set of images of Saturn acquired by Cassini from a unique vantage point, well above the planet, looking down on the rings. Someone has taken up the challenge of assembling the 36 different images into a single mosaic, in color, and it is as lovely as I'd hoped.

A cool Cassini ring plane crossing animation

Emily Lakdawalla • January 26, 2007

Another recent, cool set of images that came down from Cassini was a series taken last week as the spacecraft crossed the ring plane.

The Saturn view I've been waiting for

Emily Lakdawalla • January 22, 2007

Over the weekend, Cassini acquired a set of images that will (I am assuming) eventually be used to produce a glorious portrait of the ringed planet from a point of view that's never been seen before.

Saturn from above

Emily Lakdawalla • December 19, 2006

Ever since I first read about the plans for Cassini's tour of the Saturn system I've been looking forward to the current phase of the mission.

Cassini's view from the backside of Saturn

Emily Lakdawalla • July 27, 2006

Over time, Cassini's orbit apoapsis—the point on the orbit that is farthest from Saturn—has been shifting slowly toward Saturn's night side. Lately, this point of view has resulted in some truly lovely photos of the planet.

Many, many views of Saturn's moons

Emily Lakdawalla • February 10, 2006

Another thing I've been trying to catch up on is the daily imaging activities of Cassini, but that, too, has been tough because Cassini has been taking so dang many pictures!

Pretty Cassini pictures from near the ring plane

Emily Lakdawalla • December 09, 2005

It's been a while since I posted some Cassini pictures here just because they were pretty.

Cassini Photographs the Fountains of Enceladus (and gets pics of Tethys, Janus, Epimetheus, and the G ring too)

Emily Lakdawalla • November 30, 2005

Emily tackles this morning's ESA press conference about Huygens.

A way-cool Cassini picture: rings, Titan, Dione, Prometheus

Emily Lakdawalla • October 19, 2005

I just noticed this picture on the Cassini raw images website. I love these "many worlds" pictures.

Dione encounter today

Emily Lakdawalla • October 11, 2005

Cassini is already on its way in to a close, 500-kilometer encounter with Dione -- it's less than four hours away now, at 17:52 UTC.

A couple cool raw Cassini pics -- and a break in the data

Emily Lakdawalla • July 19, 2005

I monitor the Cassini website to keep my eye out for cool pictures, and it's usually relatively easy to figure out what the spacecraft is looking at (rings, moon, Saturn, whatever). Sometimes, though, the images can be very confusing.

A couple of pics from Cassini at periapsis

Emily Lakdawalla • June 27, 2005

Cassini's been in orbit around Saturn for almost exactly a year now, and the mission seems pretty much to have dropped off of the public radar screen. But there's still three years to go on the primary mission, and lots left to do, and I for one am not at all bored.

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