And NASA. Thanks For NASA’s Cassini

Samhain                                                                    Thanksgiving Moon

All these photographs taken by the Cassini Spacecraft.  All either of Saturn or its moons and rings.

annotated Cassini Saturn shot with earth

I posted this one before in a smaller shot.  The title hanging below the lower right portion of Saturn’s rings says, earth-moon.

Enceladus  Cassini  one of the more active bodies in the solar system

Enceladus Cassini one of the more active bodies in the solar system (moon of Saturn)

Hiding within Saturn’s rings are thousands (maybe millions) of tiny moonlets, each no more than a kilometer across. Cassini discovered this shortly after arriving at Saturn

Hiding within Saturn’s rings are thousands maybe millions of tiny moonlets each no more than a kilometer across. Cassini discovered this shortly after arriving at Saturn

Hyperion. This irregularly shaped moon looks like a honeycomb. It behaves weirdly, too, neither spinning at a constant rate nor maintaining a constant orientation

Hyperion.

This irregularly shaped moon looks like a honeycomb. It behaves weirdly too neither spinning at a constant rate nor maintaining a constant orientation

Iapetus21000

Iapetus

late 2010, a massive storm began churning in Saturn’s northern hemisphere.   the storm stretched over rou

late 2010, a massive storm began churning in Saturn’s northern hemisphere. the storm stretched over 190,000 miles.

Saturn Cassini1000

Saturn Cassini

Saturn’s north pole is home to an enigmatic hexagon

Saturn’s north pole is home to an enigmatic hexagon

Though they measure nearly 200,000 miles across, the rings are incredibly thin. The main rings average only a few stories tall.

Though they measure nearly 200,000 miles across, the rings are incredibly thin. The main rings average only a few stories tall.

Tiny Mimas is the smallest spherical body in the solar system. Less than 250 miles across

Tiny Mimas is the smallest spherical body in the solar system. Less than 250 miles across

Titan   Titan is the only other body in the solar system with liquid on its surface. It has hydrocarbon lakes and seas, shores and rivers, and seasonal rainfall like on Earth

Titan Titan is the only other body in the solar system with liquid on its surface. It has hydrocarbon lakes and seas, shores and rivers, and seasonal rainfall like on Earth

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