It's been a while since I posted some Cassini pictures here just because they were pretty. I was struck by this lovely new image of Pandora and the outermost rings:
Also, I have been monitoring the Cassini raw images website and came across the component images necessary to produce this (very approximately) true color picture of Tethys sitting in front of the globe of Saturn:
When the Cassini team plans observations done with any of the instruments, there's usually a lettered code assigned to the observation that gives a brief description of the purpose of the observation. For instance, on a flyby of an icy satellite, the plan will include codes like "REGMAP," which is short for "regional map," or "ICYLON," which is a code for images that are captured to acquire some coverage of an icy satellite at all longitudes (even though the pictures may be pretty low resolution, they need to take as many as they can from different viewpoints to explore how the colors of the bodies change with longitude and sun angle), or "MUTUALEVE" which is short for "mutual event," which describes a set of images captured of two moons passing by each other through Cassini's field of view. But my favorite one of those codes has to be "KODAKMMT," which is clearly short for "Kodak Moment" -- in other words, the purpose of the observation is to take a photo for no other particular reason than it is going to be pretty. Cassini has a lot of science goals to accomplish at Saturn but I am very happy that they are taking just a few data bits to occasionally snap pictures, like the Tethys and Saturn one above, that are just plain pretty!