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Music of the Spheres

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It’s been a while since I’ve been on NASA’s Cassini webpageCassini, the NASA/ESA spacecraft that hove into orbit around Saturn in 2005 and started sending back mind-blowing images of the planet and its moons. First, it launched the Huygens space-probe, which successfully landed on the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, sending back amazing images along the way and from the surface (postcards from a billion miles away), then it started photographing the planet and its other moons, discovering four new moons, Methone, Pallene, Polydeuces, and  Daphnis, as it went about its work. Cassini has also mapped the surface of Titan–the second largest moon in the solar system–with cameras designed to penetrate Titan’s thick, smoggy atmosphere.

And then it discovered the ice geysers on the moon Enceladus.

Whoa! Let’s give the probe an A+ for achievement. So, at some point, I figured the fireworks were over, Cassini had sent back all the amazing data it could.

Wrong! The photo above, taken in May 2011, is as fine as any image the spacecraft has sent us so far. Who knows what else we may discover before the batteries run out on this mission. I’ll do my best to keep you posted.       RT

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Photograph: Saturn’s Moons Titan and Dione Seen Against the Planet’s Rings. NASA website. NASA-JPL. Public Domain w/ attribution.

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