Saturn (Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)

On Valentine’s Day Cassini Sends Stunning Images of Saturn with Love

Half-phase Dione in Approximate True Color by Emily Lakdawalla.
Crescent Titan by Jason Major.
Saturn Mosaic by Ian Regan.
Ring Motion by Sergio Maria-Fagundez.
Saturn's Polar Storm by Roseann Arabia.
Enceladus in the E Ring by Val Klavans.
Saturn Mosaic by Ian Regan. Images credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Ian Regan



Images taken by Cassini’s cameras are published directly to the web soon after they’re received from the spacecraft, making them available for anyone instantly to peruse and throughout its journey, a dedicated community of space exploration enthusiasts has ridden along, sharing and discussing Cassini’s images, often processing them to create their own spectacular scenes, said NASA.

“We’re so gratified that Cassini’s images have inspired people to work with the pictures themselves to produce such beautiful creations,” said Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. “It’s been truly wonderful for us to feel the love for Cassini from the public. The feeling from those of us on the mission is mutual.

Cassini Inspires

To celebrate the many ways Cassini’s exploration of Saturn has sparked curiosity, the NASA mission is launching a campaign  to continue it through the mission’s dramatic conclusion in September called, “Cassini Inspires”. It has invited members of the public to share their original Saturn-inspired artistic creations (including painting, music, poetry, fiction, video or any format that can be shared online).

To participate, artists post their creations on the social media platform of their choice, and tag them #CassiniInspires.

Launched in 1997, Cassini has been touring the Saturn system since arriving in 2004 and has made dramatic discoveries, including a global ocean with indications of hydrothermal activity within the moon Enceladus, and liquid methane seas on another moon, Titan.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency.


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