Just picked up the Star Trek BluRay this past weekend. If you haven't already gotten a hold of one, you should definitely do so! On top of the film, there are tons of extras. Most relevant to this forum, our Captain appears on-screen with insightful commentary on the dawn of the space age and the importance of films like Star Trek in capturing our collective imagination. You can find Carolyn in the section on Gene Roddenberry's vision (note: the word on the street is that this only appears in the BluRay release, not the DVDs).
Incidentally, most of you know this already, but in case you missed it: Earlier this fall a couple of us put together a petition to get Carolyn a cameo in the Star Trek sequel that's in pre-production right now. Please sign it if you haven't already! It's at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/dr-carolyn-porco-deserves-a-star-trek-cameo
With the exception of the time travel bit (which left me with way more questions than the plot answered), I thought Abrams & Co. did a great job resurrecting the series. It was about time they rejuvenated it with some young blood! And the Ice Planet scenes definitely made me smile...well done, Carolyn and CICLOPS team!
Wow, neat. I had a feeling there might be some sort of optical reason, as I've seen plenty of icy bodies showing up way darker than this (or at least with higher contrast) in images. Thanks for that thorough explanation!
Ooh, pretty. Seems particularly bright...does Tethys have a naturally high albedo or is that an imaging byproduct?