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Saturn without its ringsOct 17 2013

Over at The Planetary Society, Emily Lakdawalla highlighted an image taken by the Cassini spacecraft of Saturn separate from its rings.

This enormous mosaic showing the flattened globe of Saturn floating amongst the complete disk of its rings must surely be counted among the great images of the Cassini mission. From Earth, we never see Saturn separate from its rings. Here, we can see the whole thing, a gas giant like Jupiter, separated at last from the rings that encircle it.

Taking this idea one step further, I removed the rings completely, along with the "ringlight" lighting up the night hemisphere, creating a more-or-less pure look of what Saturn would look like without its rings.

Saturn Without Rings

Larger version is available on Mlkshk.

Waltz Around SaturnJul 25 2013

Fabio Di Donato made this fantastic short film about Saturn using hundreds of thousands of images taken by the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft.

I love the editing technique employed here...the film feels like a silent short from the 1920s but also very contemporary. (via ★interesting)

Saturn fly-by videoMar 15 2011

There is no 3-D CGI involved in this amazing Saturn fly-by video...it's made from thousands of hi-res photographs taken by the Cassini orbiter.

Wait for the full-frame full-color video starting at around 1:00. (thx, sam)

Evidence of liquid water has been foundMar 09 2006

Evidence of liquid water has been found by Cassini on Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons and "the shiniest object in the solar system".

Cassini spacecraft finds complex hydrocarbons in the atmosphere of TitanApr 26 2005

Cassini spacecraft finds complex hydrocarbons in the atmosphere of Titan.

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