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Amazing New Movies of Saturn's Moons

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the that's-a-lot-of-flowery-words dept.

Space 32

RobGoldsmith writes "Like sugar plum fairies in 'The Nutcracker,' the moons of Saturn performed a celestial ballet before the eyes of NASA's Cassini spacecraft. New movies frame the moons' silent dance against the majestic sweep of the planet's rings and show as many as four moons gliding around one another."

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Nice summary. (1)

lwsimon (724555) | more than 4 years ago | (#30546730)

Its a cool video, but seriously? "like sugarplum fairies"?

Re:Nice summary. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30546808)

"RobGoldsmith writes" should actually read "Published by Matt on Thu Dec 24, 2009 8:24 am via: NASA" as the "summary" is just the first two sentences in the article.

Re:Nice summary. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30546892)

Yeah, Gayest. Summary. Evar.

Oh, well... Merry Xmas you heathen /-tards.

Re:Nice summary. (4, Funny)

Jesus_666 (702802) | more than 4 years ago | (#30546894)

Well, like sugarplum fairies who are roughly spherical, made of rock, have a mass of several quadrillion tons and are orbiting a gas giant. If you consider that, the comparison is very apt.

Re:Nice summary. (1)

The Ultimate Fartkno (756456) | more than 4 years ago | (#30547200)

I'd say it's more of a modern piece than ballet. Sure, they're moving on a nice straight line, but look at how the spherical lines of the costume diminish the human form. Notice the angular motion that never references the partner. If anything, I'd call it a descendant of Martha Graham or - even better - David Parsons. The subversion of what the human figure is expected to do is...

Umm... hang on. Isn't this nerdswholikedance.com?

Dammit! Wrong tab.

Hey, is that Ubuntu? How does that work? Compiled the new kernel yet? *walks away whistling*

Re:Nice summary. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30546902)

Barishnikov would be proud

Re:Nice summary. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30547326)

Baryshnikov would like it even better.

Re:Nice summary. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30546946)

RobGoldsmith is a sugarplum fairy.

Where is the sound? (2, Funny)

madsenj37 (612413) | more than 4 years ago | (#30546786)

Kidding.

Re:Where is the sound? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30547026)

right here

http://www-pw.physics.uiowa.edu/space-audio/cassini/SKR1/

Re:Where is the sound? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30547392)

Wow, the Forbidden Planet soundtrack was right on the money.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIuc1_Qg4A8

Re:Where is the sound? (3, Funny)

houghi (78078) | more than 4 years ago | (#30547124)

Your joke is better then mine. The only thing I could come up with was: "I would like to see a movie of Uranus."

Re:Where is the sound? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30547736)

Only here will you find us going down the path of NASA's C-ass-ini probe penetrating the space near Uranus...
 
oh, how far we sink in our minds while watching the most boring video of round circles sliding across the screen in pong-like simplicity.

Hey.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30546822)

..how did they fix the camera like that? It gotta be time lapse, and it isn't moving once inch, apparently.

Original video (3, Informative)

Random Data (538955) | more than 4 years ago | (#30547080)

TFA has a Youtube link. A higher resolution Quicktime is here [nasa.gov]. In Space no one can hear you Troisieme.

Re:Original video (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#30551414)

The sad thing: I could make something like that in an hour in Maya and Photoshop, with 3 more moons too. And people would call mine “more realistic”. ^^

Here's a better link (2, Informative)

ctmurray (1475885) | more than 4 years ago | (#30547164)

Re:Here's a better link (1)

bored_engineer (951004) | more than 4 years ago | (#30547444)

Silly question, perhaps: Are you using Ubuntu? I've found that a few embedded Youtube videos haven't worked in the last two or three days.

Almost as impressive as the mission itself (2, Insightful)

Xeoz (1648225) | more than 4 years ago | (#30547238)

This mission was launched back in 1997. It didn't reach Saturn until 2004. Way back, in the days of yore (1997) the internet was just going mainstream, no one had a digital camera and a to get processing power equivalent to today's average desktop would require a room full of computers. I can't wait to see the results of the latest solar system explorers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassini%E2%80%93Huygens [wikipedia.org]

Re:Almost as impressive as the mission itself (1)

tunapez (1161697) | more than 4 years ago | (#30552078)

No mod points to give ya, but gotta second the anticipation. The equinox pictures were the latest of a long line of optical-candy for this untrained observer.

I really liked this line from the wiki:

A press release on February 3, 2009 shows yet another new moon found by the Cassini Spacecraft.

Shadow Play (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30548430)

Here's another movie of ring shadows crossing a small moon:

http://www.nasa.gov/mov/413372main_PIA11694_full_movie.mov [nasa.gov]

Description:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/multimedia/pia11694.html [nasa.gov]

Oblig (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30548632)

That's no moon. It's a space station!

Pandora eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30550154)

I noticed one of the moons is called Pandora... I wonder if that's the place those people from Avatar live.

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