The Saturn System: Up Close and in Motion

Some views of the ever-shifting Saturn system by Cassini during the past few days. Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI

Some views of the ever-shifting Saturn system, all sent by Cassini during the past few days.
Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI Animation by Bill Dunford

We have a treasure trove of spectacular vistas this week from Cassini at Saturn. All of these raw images from Titan, Tethys and other tourist stops in the Saturn system arrived on Earth in just the past few days.

And there’s even more on the way. Even as I type this, the spacecraft is closing in on the moon Dione for a fly-by—at just 99 kilometers above the surface. Stay tuned.

Update 12/12/11: Here’s one of the first Dione images. This one was taken earlier today at a distance of 70,617 kilometers. More to come…

A closeup of Saturn's ice moon Dione, captured earlier today. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

A closeup of Saturn's ice moon Dione, captured earlier today.
Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Here’s another, this one showing the famous “wisps,” which are actually ice canyon walls several hundred meters high:

Saturn's moon Dione as seen earlier today. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Saturn’s moon Dione as seen earlier today. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Oh, and then there’s this one!

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Oh wow:

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Watch the official Cassini imagery site for more details soon.

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2 comments on “The Saturn System: Up Close and in Motion
  1. simon says:

    wow thanks for the wonderful animations

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