It is incredible that after all these years of the CASSINI mission that one of it's most important discoveries comes in the twilight of the mission. It is amazing to have the global ocean shown so completely. Now that we know that ocean there exists and it is global, are there any chances for life within the ocean. There are organics in the plumes and the ice layer should have provided a good barrier for radiation, the heating of the water, albeit by gravitational friction or "black smokers" on the seabed, to provide us with the ideal conditions for life. Or at least as ideal as can be found so far from the Suns influence.
So I would like to ask Carolyn what her views are?
It is good to know that you will be taking posts at the two institutions. I am sure you will bring that knowledge to the imaging team and hopefully to us too. I look forward with interest to your posts over the coming years!!
Despite some reservations of visual context to CASSINI data, you have produced an image of great detail and imaginative zest. The image gives a vision of being there despite whatothers may say. Truly fantastic work, well done.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone (Carolyn and the whole team) a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
When looking at these images from Saturn and it's moons, you cannot help but be in awe at the sheer vastness and grandeur of the Saturnian system. These images are not only full of great science but have a beauty that is almost impossible to imagine. I have been using this site since the beginning and I have never lost that fascination with Saturn and it's moons. As an observational astronomer I have always viewed the planet when in view and can still remember the first time I viewed it almost 40 years ago!
The images are a reminder of just how small we are here on Earth and of the beauty that circles all around us. You and the CASSINI team do an amazing job bringing us these amazing images and I thank you personally and I am sure for everyone who visits the site.
John Cave (UK).
Looking in awe at these images makes me realise how tiny and insignificant the Earth is in the grand scale of the Solar System and the universe beyond. The work done by the team at CASSINI in bringing these images is nothing short of sensational. The images of the Saturn system with it's amazingly powerful atmosphere, it's majestic ring system and the myriad of sensational moons will be awe inspiring for millennia to come.
I would like to thank Carolyn and the team for all their continuing efforts. The images are truly superb.
I have been following these amazing images for many years from here in the UK. My own personal favourite image came from September 2005. It is of the moon Hyperion and came out under the caption of Odd World. I had to agree with that too, this amazing image could very well be of a giant sponge!! Take a look for yourselves here and tell me what you think. http://www.ciclops.org///view_media/7916/Odd-World it would be great to hear which is everyone else's favourite image from CASSINI.
Keep up the amazing images Carolyn and team. We all look forward to many more years of amazing images to come
jsc248 (John to my friends!!)
I was looking through all these amazing images Carolyn and I was thinking, it is getting close to the 10th anniversary of this amazing probe and I wondered whether an album of some-kind might be an idea. Say the teams or your own favourite images. If it is possible then please make it a downloadable, or purchasable, album. Thanks John.
It's amazing to see just how many large craters this little satellite has. Some wonderful science to be had from images such as this, there are a number of fracture lines emanating from Herschel. It does still look like the Death Star from Star Wars though!!
I wish my old friend Patrick Moore could have seen this image, he would have been spellbound by it, as I am.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Carolyn and the team at CICLOPS and to all alliance members to!!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all at CASSINI and all around the world.
These images are so beautiful and thought provoking. While I am looking at these I am thinking that these and all of the Solar System and beyond are out there now, endlessly falling through space with the Earth falling with them. I find it absolutely mindbending, the shear beauty of the universe lets the imagination run riot!!
What an absolutely beautiful image!
You can clearly see the "arc" of Saturn's rings as they chase around the planet. I also love images that show planets or moons "phases", simply because it is impossible to see superior phases from here!!
I love this little moon and this image shows you why!!
Take a look at those amazing craters and try and spot a bit of "flat land". My favourite object in the Solar System shows beautifully in this image why it is so fascinating. Does anyone else think that this moon resembles a sponge in appearance? Great, great image!
I have to admit that I look forward to every image of Enceladus that is released from CASSINI. This one is a magnificent image of the geysers. I would question the meteorite statement though. To have a meteorite like that you would need an appreciable atmosphere which Enceladus does not possess. I would be more inclined to believe that this is a large chunk of ice being expelled from one of the stripes. Anyone agree?
I would just like to say CONGRATULATIONS on the award of the Carl Sagan Medal. The award for yourself and for the teams work since CASSINI's arrival at Saturn has been relentless and brilliant. You truly deserve the award, WELL DONE>
Seeing images of Saturn like these are as mind blowing as they are breathtakingly beautiful. The weather proccesses at work within the clouds create these fantastic storms for us to marvel over. To coin a phrase, they are simply "Out Of This World!".
These new results are tanalising indeed but I think that I'm more looking forward to the flyby in four and a half months time. The spectral analysis of organic origin is fascinating but to image the sourse of the plumes, now that (for me!) is the one to see!
Just one look at this image of Miranda will show you why we need to go back there for more studies! This enigmatic object needs a lot more study as does the whole Uranus/Neptune system. I can't wait for another probe to get back there and send us some more images from these amazing systems.
I will always remember my jaw drop when I watched the first raw images coming through Carolyn, it is just a shame to think we'll never see them (the two voyagers that is!) again! John.
It would be a shame to forget the amazing images from Voyager. The Cassini images inspire the imagination with beauty and grace but these images did the same some 27 years ago! This early image proves the point. Fantastic.