Cassini Views of Saturn at Equinox
There are some fabulous new images of our neighbor Saturn and its fascinating rings and moons. Cassini Equinox Mission Website. These photos were among 23 imahes featured on The Big Picture.
“Checking in with NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, our current emissary to Saturn, some 1.5 billion kilometers (932 million miles) distant from Earth, we find it recently gathering images of the Saturnian system at equinox. During the equinox, the sunlight casts long shadows across Saturn’s rings, highlighting previously known phenomena and revealing a few never-before seen images. Cassini continues to orbit Saturn, part of its extended Equinox Mission, funded through through September 2010. A proposal for a further extension is under consideration, one that would keep Cassini in orbit until 2017, ending with a spectacular series of orbits inside the rings followed by a suicide plunge into Saturn on Sept. 15, 2017.
Read all about the Cassini Spacecraft Mission and see the other (tax payer funded NASA) space photos at The Big Picture The Boston Globe’s photo blog.. Seattle Photographer Daniel Sheehan specializes in photojournalism, portraits and photography for publications and corporations, and photojournalistic Seattle wedding photography.