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Terra Cognita

Bill Dunford • July 29, 2013 • 4

Pushing back the frontier, and filling in the blank spaces on the map.

Jani Radebaugh, Titan Explorer

Bill Dunford • July 23, 2013 • 4

Robotic space exploration is human exploration. Meet one of the people behind the machines.

Pretty picture: Looking backward

Emily Lakdawalla • July 23, 2013 • 15

Here it is: the view from Saturn of our Earthly home, one and a half billion kilometers away. We see Earth and the Moon through a thin veil of faintly blue ice crystals, the outskirts of Saturn's E ring. Earth is just a bright dot -- a bit brighter than the other stars in the image, but no brighter than any planet (like Saturn!) in our own sky.

Return of the Pale Blue Dot

Mat Kaplan • July 18, 2013 • 4

You can be part of a planetwide group photo as Cassini and MESSENGER turn their cameras Earthward on July 19.

The Space Computer and the Beautiful Worlds

Bill Dunford • June 30, 2013 • 2

An "Up Goer 5" tribute to the Cassini mission.

Worlds in Collision

Bill Dunford • June 25, 2013 • 6

Meet some worlds that were nearly shattered, literally.

The Shores of the Kraken Sea: Great Place Names in the Solar System

Bill Dunford • May 28, 2013 • 9

Nothing reflects the romance of deep space exploration more than the evocative names of places on the planets and moons.

Mimas and Pandora dance

Emily Lakdawalla • May 15, 2013 • 6

I've been out of town for a couple of days and am overwhelmed with work and an overflowing email box. So what do I do about that? I ignore what I'm supposed to be doing and play with Cassini raw image data, of course. Here is a "mutual event" of Mimas (the bigger moon) and Pandora (the outer shepherd of the F ring).

One of my favorite image processing tricks: colorizing images

Emily Lakdawalla • April 23, 2013 • 2

An easy image processing trick -- using lower-resolution color data to colorize a black-and-white photo -- is relied upon by many space missions to keep data volumes low. Here's how to do it.

In a New Light

Bill Dunford • April 15, 2013 • 3

Cassini's unique views of Jupiter and Saturn.

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