Monday, September 24, 2012

cassini and saturn

here is a lovely shot of saturn, its rings, their shadows and saturn's largest moon titan.  

Saturn and Titan.  Photo Credit: NASA

this photo was taken by cassini - a spacecraft that humans sent up to explore saturn and its moons 15 years ago!   cassini launched in 1997 and arrived at saturn in 2004.   it successfully completed it's original mission after 4 years, in 2008.  since the satellite has remained healthy, its missions have been extended, completing the equinox mission in 2010, and currently working on the solstice mission.

that's an impressive lifetime for a little machine flying around a distant planet!   


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