More From Saturn - Dione

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  1. MacSA macrumors 68000

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    Speeding toward pale, icy Dione, Cassini's view is enriched by the tranquil gold and blue hues of Saturn in the distance. The horizontal stripes near the bottom of the image are Saturn's rings. The spacecraft was nearly in the plane of the rings when the images were taken, thinning them by perspective and masking their awesome scale. The thin, curving shadows of the C ring and part of the B ring adorn the northern latitudes visible here, a reminder of the rings' grandeur.

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  2. technocoy macrumors 6502a

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    wow...

    thats so clear... amazing photo... Where are you finding these cassini photos?

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    wow wow wow

    that is so eerie and very cool - I'd love to see more of those, where'd you get the image?

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  5. emw macrumors G4

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    Awesome pictures! It's amazing how clear they are. I need to get the 'scope out again tonight (since there's no Cardinal's game ;)).
     
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    Here.

    There's a link there to the hi res version above...
     
  7. MacSA thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Here is the Cassini Homepage: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/home/

    More here: http://ciclops.org/index.php

    Latest RAW images from the spacecraft http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/raw/index.cfm

    Heres another stunning image (BIG !! 7600 x 2000 pixels)

    http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/jpeg/PIA07745.jpg

    As it departed its encounter with Saturn's moon Dione, Cassini sailed above an unreal landscape blasted by impacts. The rising Sun throws craters into sharp contrast and reveals steep crater walls.At the far right, a medium-sized crater is bisected by a fracture, revealing a cross section of the impact site.

    The seven clear-filter images in this mosaic were taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 11, 2005, at distances ranging from of 21,650 to 25,580 kilometers (13,450 to 15,890 miles) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 154 degrees. Resolution in the original images ranges from 126 to 154 meters (413 to 505 feet) per pixel. The images have been re-sized to have an image scale of about 100 meters (330 feet) per pixel. North on Dione is 140 degrees to the left.
     
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    Wow!

    They are simply stunning. Thanks for posting those.
     
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    wow...that is indeed a very stunning image. ...and thanks again for posting this.
     
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    Just wanted to add to the amazement....

    Here is a short movie of Cassini's flyby of Dione.

    When you watch it, keep in mind the movie is created from a series of induvidual still images (there is no 'movie' instrument on Cassini). Also, the gaps are times when the spacecraft is performing other activities... the camera can't always be pointed where the scientists want it!

    Hope you enjoyed! I think it pretty amazing to see things ~1 billion miles away in such detail.
     
  13. revisionA macrumors 6502

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    If the photos from the moon landing were this clear, I might believe we went there...
     
  14. MacSA thread starter macrumors 68000

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    This clear enough?

    Lunar Rover parked at Station 2 - Apollo 17

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    Hmm, thought that would've been a weird name for a car.
     
  16. EGT macrumors 68000

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    (somewhat relevant)

    Just wondering did anyone else see the Horizon program about the Cassini misson to Titan tonight on channel 4 (i think) in the UK?

    I didn't realise that the Cassini probe actually passed through Saturn's rings in order to get to Titan! :eek: I just think that's amazing.
     
  17. MacSA thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I watched it (Horizon on BBC2), it was ok - it was a bit light on pictures and science I thought........ and shame we had to wait about 40 minutes for them to show any pictures from Cassini lol - and when they did they were zooming in and out or spinning them. :eek: If you want some decent information on the mission try these:

    Cassini Sites:

    http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/home/
    http://www.planetary.org/saturn/index.html
    http://ciclops.org/index.php
     
  18. EGT macrumors 68000

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    yeah and the cheesy "whoosh" sound effects when the probe flew past. Still, the science behind it was really interesting.

    Saturn's moons seem to hold some interesting secrets, being so close to each other (celestially) but being so different.
     
  19. MacSA thread starter macrumors 68000

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    A couple more Amazing shots from Cassini just arrived today:

    N00055623.jpg was taken on March 21, 2006 and received on Earth March 22, 2006. The camera was pointing toward MIMAS at approximately 190,524 kilometers away, and the image was taken using the CL1 and CL2 filters.

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    N00055798.jpg was taken on March 21, 2006 and received on Earth March 22, 2006. The camera was pointing toward JANUS at approximately 724,179 kilometers away, and the image was taken using the CL1 and CL2 filters. Janus is the small moon visble infront of the rongs, Titan is in the background.

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    Absolutely Amazing. I'm excited to see what shots are sent next.

     
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