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Snapshots from Space

by Emily Lakdawalla

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Follow the thrilling adventures of planetary missions, past and present, and see the stunningly beautiful photos that they return from space!

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.

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.

A new Cassini data release to the Planetary Data System

Emily Lakdawalla • October 06, 2005

Yesterday, this quarter's release of Cassini data showed up at the Planetary Data System (PDS). The PDS is the public repository for all of NASA's data.

DPS: Central transit of Earth as seen from Saturn

Emily Lakdawalla • September 13, 2005

There were a few talks at the Division of Planetary Sciences meeting dealing with a rare and fortuitous event that happened on January 13, 2005.

Cassini tour page revised

Emily Lakdawalla • July 30, 2005

Cassini mission planner Dave Seal just gave me the latest reference trajectory for Cassini, so I've gone through and updated the flyby altitudes on the Cassini tour page.

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