You've got to really zoom in here on the Earth/Moon system to see Luna's bump but it is there and the picture resolution can handle the zooming very well. Nice job everyone! This has been some voyage in pictures you've taken us on, Cap'n.
Amazing movies - that took some skill and work (great craftsmanship as always). Could any heat differentials cause a hurricane? What are the known or theorized thermal parameters for various depths at the top of Saturn's atmosphere? How hot is it believed to be at the core. Would this unusual hexagonal jet stream have something to do with the Saturicane (sorry...) and it's seeming permanence?
I agree. At the same time it dwarfs me it fills me up. Feeling ephemeral and tiny then complete and powerful. Enigmatic how God's creation, from the smallest to the largest, fulfills in it's fractal majesty.
Creative imaging for Mother's day - nice touch.
It seems that the scale would indicate that we're looking far deeper than 16K into the atmosphere. Just how far down can we see into the atmosphere (anywhere on Saturn)?
These are amazing. Stunningly beautiful even in their raw state. These images make me want to go visit this moon; see it up close. God's creation truly is magnificent, with even cold, distant moons singing His praises. I don't think there is one moon in Saturns entire system that hasn't grabbed by attention by the collars and shook me up. Magnificent.
The force of these jets must cause serious havoc with the orbit and rotation of this moon.
These close up images of the small moon-lets are always fascinating. They are so incredibly far away and yet the images are detailed beyond any (40+ year old) persons anticipation! Thanks, team, for the head up. I especially enjoy these type of mission photos. Those jets!
What would be going on in the mind of Galileo while watching "Flight over Iapetus"? The exquisite detail in even the earliest moon shots on this mission? The haunting beauty and ephemeral quality of the rings? Landing on Titan and viewing liquid lakes one could almost float away on?
Or a thousand other images, movies, and mosaics we, if we could place ourselves back even a few years, let alone 400, would find, I think, freshly astounding. Eye's opened wide wonderful. Heart stoppingly detailed. What would Galileo see, feel and wonder?
Remembering back to the first unbelievably sharp images of an irregular moon I immediately hung up copies of on my wall, I breathlessly waited to use up more ink on whatever wonders came to my computer. Hugely dense images I wasn't even capable of downloading not 5 yrs before were being displayed on a large flat screen that allowed these wonders from another system to be viewed in detail unprecedented. Overwhelmed by its amazing beauty, this first moon image is what sticks in my head to this day, not the haunting, ephemeral rings or the subtle and not so subtle Saturn planetary images or the whole unbelievable mission to Titan but that one moon. Not that everything else moved me, everything has, but that one moon sticks with me.
I wonder what image in this collection so expertly presented Galileo would have cherished more than any other?
Jesus said that he couldn't even describe, for our lack of understanding, the wonders He and the Father had prepared for us. Yet in this sin flawed universe we can still see such things as are coming from this mission. From the smallest ice particle to the entire complicated, ever more intricate system of Saturn itself the wonders are endless; this being just one small part of an infinite universe. Incomprehensible.
I never stop wanting to see more. In the process, some wide-eyed wonder is lost, I suppose. This is natural and expected. Some part of me sees not with wide-eyed wonder but more critical, hopefully discerning wide open wonder. I get used to the intricate, detailed images I don't have the ability to fully understand. But I walk away for a bit then come back and am bombarded with wonder to open my eyes again; a small benefit of not being able to visit here as often as I'd like.
Ms. Porco and team, I've said it before and will again, thank you for your efforts. Galileo would be amazed at this missions success for a dozen life times, I'm sure. I know my feebler mind sure wishes for more time.
I'm having trouble downloading the film clip but it and the other images are impressive. I haven't commented or complimented recently but the work ethic over at Ciclops hasn't changed. Refreshing, amazing and wonderful as always. Thank you for your hard work and sharing it so quickly.
Mike1137 aside, I think this fascinating (non-political) discovery is momentous. The discovery rate and data recovery on this mission has been amazingly abundant. And to think that the full extent of this mission's impact on the scientific community is as much as decade's down the road. Up to now, no planetary missions (excepting, maybe, the combined Mars missions)have gathered so much data to be mined.
I have to thank Carolyn Porco and her team for such an incredible effort in keeping the constituency (the American tax payer)awed, amazed and informed. Nice job! Keep it up as I've come to rely on your witty take on the data. Excellent P/R for NASA as well. Of course, Moon Rovers in inauguration day parades don't hurt P/R much either.