From NASA.gov :
The Cassini spacecraft surveys Saturn’s outstretched ring system in the infrared from a vantage point high above the planet’s northern latitudes. Nearly the full expanse of the main rings is visible here — from the C ring to the outer edge of the A ring (in the upper left corner).
Ring shadows are visible on the planet at lower left, and two large storms swirl near center.
This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 52 degrees above the ringplane.
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera using a combination of spectral filters sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 752 (red channel), 890 (blue channel) and 728 (green channel) nanometers. The view was acquired on April 5, 2007 at a distance of approximately 1.4 million kilometers (900,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 81 kilometers (51 miles) per pixel.
Soft hues, partially lit orbs, a thin trace of the ring and slight shadows highlight this understated view of the majestic surroundings of the giant planet Saturn. Looking nearly back toward the sun, the Cassini spacecraft captured the crescent phases of Saturn and its moon Rhea in color a few months ago.
As striking as the above image is, it is but a single frame from a recently released 60-frame silent movie where Rhea can be seen gliding in front of its parent world. Since Cassini was nearly in the plane of Saturn’s rings, the normally impressive rings are visible here only as a thin line across the image center. Cassini has now passed the official half-way mark of its mission around Saturn, but is well situated to complete another two years investigating this complex and surprising system.
I wrote earlier about the soon-to-be possibility of exploring the universe from your desktop.
This isn’t quite the same, but…it’s as close as most of us will ever get to our Neighbors.
Neverthless, feeling a little Martian?
Meet the new Sky by Saturn. Sexy isn’t she?
But Maybe you want something with a little more Ring?
0 to 60 in 5.5 seconds? It’ll get you to Saturn in no time. 😉
The Sky Redline. Sexxxxxxxxy!
“Baby, you can drive my car
yes, I’m gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I’ll love you”
Thanks to Dad for the NASA pics.