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Cassini Returns Amazing New Imagery from Saturn

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the extremely-attractive-planet dept.

Space 118

SeaDour writes "The Cassini spacecraft has recently entered a highly-inclined orbit around Saturn, revealing some never-before-seen images of the planet's ring system as seen from above and below the planet. 'Sailing high above Saturn and seeing the rings spread out beneath us like a giant, copper medallion is like exploring an alien world we've never seen before. It just doesn't look like the same place. It's so utterly breath-taking, it almost gives you vertigo.' The spacecraft will eventually return to its standard orbit parallel to the ring plane in late June."

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Never before.... (-1, Flamebait)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233472)

We like re-runs and all, but it would be a bit pointless spending billions to see the same old stuff.

Tag: duh!

Re:Never before.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18233514)

heh, we might not be seeing anything at all,
only two comments posted, and its already /.'ed

Re:Never before.... (2, Funny)

Mr2cents (323101) | more than 7 years ago | (#18236694)

It's not slashdotted, it's just the latency you get when you download a movie from Saturn. The round trip takes more than two hours, please be patient.

Walter Reed (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18233652)

I can't believe that we are wasting money on this useless crap while our injured soldiers are suffering.

However, what makes me even angrier, is knowing that people from outside the US have access to our photos, while they keep on accusing us of every wrong in the world. Here's a tip: the USA is the greatest country in the world in all of the history of humanity. It is the source of modern civilization and everything good in it. Thanks.

Re:Walter Reed (5, Informative)

oaklybonn (600250) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233668)

I can't believe I'm bothering to reply to this AC...
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/overview/index.cfm [nasa.gov]

Cassini-Huygens is an international collaboration between three space agencies. Seventeen nations contributed to building the spacecraft. The Cassini orbiter was built and managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Huygens probe was built by the European Space Agency. The Italian Space agency provided Cassini's high-gain communication antenna. More than 250 scientists worldwide are studying the data streaming back from Saturn on a daily basis.

--ob

Re:Walter Reed (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18233706)

I can't believe we are spending money having our soldiers fight and get injured in a useless crap war when we could be doing science.

However, what makes me even angrier is knowing that the people we are fighting against in Iraq did not even attack us before we attacked them. Heres a tip: we were wrong. Thanks.

Screw your soldiers (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18233818)

They're killing for money, in places they have no business being in. Fuck, if we founds aliens on Saturn you can bet the pricks would find a reason to kill them too. No sympathy for professional murderers.

Re:Walter Reed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18235150)

Thanks for making me laugh for minutes non-stop on this Monday morning.

Re:Walter Reed (0, Offtopic)

jacksonj04 (800021) | more than 7 years ago | (#18235372)

Oooh, oooh, I'll bite!

The USA the source of modern civilization? Ahh, you mean the bit where we throw lawsuits at everything, have child obesity, encourage the stripping of freedoms in the name of fighting terror, and nobody save for a few small breweries can produce a decent pint anymore? I could go on, but I don't have a week to spare.

You'd be better off looking to Britain for most of the western world's basic laws, the Middle East for a lot of philosopical and medical stuff, Central Europe and China for engineering, and Australia for a great many sports. As far as I'm aware the US's contribution is a better hamburger and something to laugh at (The current administration for example).

Re:Walter Reed (1)

Sique (173459) | more than 7 years ago | (#18236424)

Don't forget the invention of pizza (ok, the idea to put stuff on a flat dough and bake it wasn't all that new, but to name it 'pizza' was) and Chop Suey (which was invented as a 'chinese style' meal for U.S. americans).

Vertigo? (2, Interesting)

catbutt (469582) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233498)

I mean, its neat and all, but is showing a different perspective, that really provides no new information, really worth all those over-the-top effusive words? "Alien world we've never seen before"? Or just one we have seen before, but from a 45 degree different angle?

Re:Vertigo? (5, Informative)

CheshireCatCO (185193) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233786)

The different angles are actually very important when working on the rings. The photometry changes radically at different phase angles, from different latitudes, and when viewing different ring longitude. From the variations we can deduce a great deal about structures in the rings, particle sizes, and so forth.

Let's start looking at economically (2, Interesting)

linzeal (197905) | more than 7 years ago | (#18234794)

Can we determine the best way to make artificial shepherd moons to steer the particles into large ore harvesting facilities? Let's get this space colonization started, wooooo! Seriously, are rings and planets around gas giants good places to setup shop for the outer solar system? I mean Titan alone can provide billions of tons of methane.

Re:Let's start looking at economically (1)

fymidos (512362) | more than 7 years ago | (#18235602)

So what? who would need methane in a space colony?

Re:Let's start looking at economically (1)

Whiteox (919863) | more than 7 years ago | (#18235862)

Someone should mod this up +1 Funny.

Methane - Space Colony?(People in enclosed spaces) Get it????

Re:Let's start looking at economically (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 7 years ago | (#18235944)

They wouldn't need methane in the colony, per se. (As a matter of fact, they'd want to avoid methane in the colony. Especially the chili induced variety). However, methane could be valuable as a propellant, or as a starting point for some food processing technology.

yeah, let's (1)

oohshiny (998054) | more than 7 years ago | (#18236262)

Can we determine the best way to make artificial shepherd moons to steer the particles into large ore harvesting facilities?

Yes, if we have about another century of experience with robotic spacecraft. Of course, we won't get that if we burn most of our space budget on joy rides to the moon and Mars, both of which will likely get canceled before they ever get off the ground.

Re:Let's start looking at economically (1)

justo (2858) | more than 7 years ago | (#18238098)

um, perhaps the rings are essential to the way the star sol is able to navigate in our galaxy, and stripping them might be like pulling out your retina.

the solar system is an organism, too.

Re:Vertigo? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18234560)

Looks like a cheap photoshop effect to me..

Re:Vertigo? (1)

MicrosoftRepresentit (1002310) | more than 7 years ago | (#18235294)

I agree, its hardly a viewpoint that shows anything we haven't seen before. What I want to see is photographs from *inside* the rings, how hard would it be to send a probe through one part or another? Would it get smashed into billions of pieces by all the dust, ice and rocks? Maybe it could fly through one of the gaps in the rings?

Forget Saturn (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18233502)

I want new pictures of Uranus

Re:Forget Saturn (4, Funny)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233560)

done [goatse.cz]

Re:Forget Saturn (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233800)

For once, somebody who actually *deserves* goatse

Re:Forget Saturn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18233868)

For once, somebody who actually *deserves* goatse


Here [wikipedia.org] , educate yourself.

Re:Forget Saturn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18233936)

WOOSH

Anyway, it's a good thing they renamed [wikipedia.org] it.

Re:Forget Saturn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18235110)

WOOSH


Woosh indeed. Whoever still thinks this age old "joke" is somehow funny, is having a major woosh.

Re:Forget Saturn (1)

deviceb (958415) | more than 7 years ago | (#18236354)

bah... im sitting here with stomach ache & u make me look at that~!

Re:Forget Saturn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18237462)

The goggles, they do nothing!

Re:Forget Saturn (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18233588)

Do you want the extra-zoom pics with rings? (bet you didn't know Uranus had rings - squat over a mirror and be amazed)

Re:Forget Saturn (2, Funny)

canipeal (1063334) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233714)

Just imagine...'Sailing high above Uranus and seeing the Uranus rings spread out beneath us like a giant, copper medallion is like exploring an alien world we've never seen before. It just doesn't look like the same place. It's so utterly breath-taking, it almost gives you vertigo.'

Re:Forget Saturn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18233782)

What a refreshing and completely unexpected joke. Perhaps you could somehow include Soviet Russia into this, or something about the internet and old people in South Korea? Or perhaps some kind of step-by-step method how this could be turned into a profit?

Parallel? Coplanar. (2, Insightful)

Sparr0 (451780) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233534)

Wouldn't the 'equatorial' orbit be coplanar with the rings, not parallel?

Re:Parallel? Coplanar. (4, Insightful)

CheshireCatCO (185193) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233720)

I suspect that the term "parallel" was chosen because "coplanar" isn't as widely understood among the general public. When writing press-releases they have to strike a delicate balance between complete accuracy and comprehension. There's a sort of perverse Heisenberg Uncertainty principle at play, there.

Slashdotted (1)

asifyoucare (302582) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233536)

Their servers now look like rings of Saturn too.

Images hosted by NASA (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18233546)

Go here http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/index .cfm [nasa.gov] to get bigger and more images from NASA, instead of the currently ddo.. I mean /.ed news sites.

Re:Images hosted by NASA (2, Interesting)

maglor_83 (856254) | more than 7 years ago | (#18234396)

Can anyone explain why in this picture [nasa.gov] Saturn obscures the rings on both the near and far sides?

Re:Images hosted by NASA (1)

BTWR (540147) | more than 7 years ago | (#18234456)

The crescent-like "shadow" on the surface of Saturn itself is the area where the rings block the sunlight. The reason you don't see the rear part of the rings is because Saturn itself is blocking them from the Sun's light.

Re:Images hosted by NASA (3, Insightful)

Matt Edd (884107) | more than 7 years ago | (#18234716)

I don't think that's what he ment. The reason is because Saturn is so bright that it washes out the belt at the bottom.

Re:Images hosted by NASA (1)

LordSnooty (853791) | more than 7 years ago | (#18236144)

Sounds like the same effect as the washed-out crosshairs on Apollo pictures [wikipedia.org] that some claim to be evidence of fakery.

Re:Images hosted by NASA (1)

CheshireCatCO (185193) | more than 7 years ago | (#18237724)

Exactly, Saturn is very reflective (relative to the rings) and we're seeing it through the C ring, which is itself a pretty tenuous ring relative to the A and B rings. (It's also possible that there's some "bleed" in the CCD if Saturn is too over-exposed. Honestly, rings scientists would love to just remove the planet completely...)

Re:Images hosted by NASA (1)

LittleK (640585) | more than 7 years ago | (#18237400)

The image is overexposed. That's why the light coming from Saturn is brighter than the light from the rings. The rings are not opaque from that distance. Saturn only seems to be in front of the rings because it is brighter, but it's only so bright because of the overexposure. Simple photography, really. They just left the lens open.

Re:Images hosted by NASA (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 7 years ago | (#18238198)

Easily - it doesn't. On the near side the (fairly) bright planet shines through the (nearly) transparent rings.

Re:Images hosted by NASA (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 7 years ago | (#18238222)

When I saw that picture [nasa.gov] my first thought was, "We have a new Creative Commons [creativecommons.org] logo!"

Then of course I realized Creative Commons doesn't nest the Cs in their logo.

Re:Images hosted by NASA (1)

RobBebop (947356) | more than 7 years ago | (#18236588)

I like this image showing the rings of Saturn... 4088x2908 pixels large. http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/jpeg/PIA08362.jpg [nasa.gov] With more information on these pages: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/multimed ia/pia08362.html [nasa.gov] http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08362 [nasa.gov]

mod 3o3n (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18233558)

for a moment and Of the warring EFFORT TO ADDREES world. GNAA members and I probably and executes a

Other pics (3, Informative)

ischorr (657205) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233618)

The linked photo site was almost immediately Slashdotted so I'm not sure what they contained, but there are pictures on NASA's site here:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/media/20 070301.html [nasa.gov]

Re:Other pics (3, Funny)

Jazzer_Techie (800432) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233906)

What do Odysseus and a bunch of ./ers have in common?

They can both down a Ciclops.

Thanks, I'll be here all week.

Better photos (0, Redundant)

More_Cowbell (957742) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233620)

The site seems about 10 seconds from being fully /.ed, better photos available from NASA anyway. Full size image [nasa.gov] Cool archive [nasa.gov]

Re:Better photos (4, Funny)

xigxag (167441) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233760)

Cool archive [nasa.gov]

Check out that 4th photo caption. Damn Microsoft and their interplanetary advertising campaign!!!

It *wasn't* redundant (1)

More_Cowbell (957742) | more than 7 years ago | (#18234482)

When I first thought to post (there were only two comments)... Trouble is I forgot the HTML needed to make the links all nice and neat so I had to Google it. :(

--
If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

Re:It *wasn't* redundant (1)

QuickFox (311231) | more than 7 years ago | (#18236202)

It *wasn't* redundant When I first thought to post
What, you expect mercy from Slashdot moderators?

You must be new here.

Forget the crappy "ciclops" site, try NASA... (0, Flamebait)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233622)

Forget the crappy "ciclops" site, try NASA...
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/index .cfm [nasa.gov]

Re:Forget the crappy "ciclops" site, try NASA... (0, Flamebait)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233702)

That's what I did because of the Slashdotting.
Am I the only one that thinks thoose photos look fake ?

Re:Forget the crappy "ciclops" site, try NASA... (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#18235724)

Flamebait, sheesh.

Seriously, they look like somthing I could make in photoshop.
Am I looking at the wrong ones or somthing ?

Re:Forget the crappy "ciclops" site, try NASA... (1)

deviceb (958415) | more than 7 years ago | (#18236378)

nope they look like a bad bryce3d rendering. i was expecting to look up from the ground and see definition in the rings.. texture.. alien casinos or something. That pic of the island in the lakes of Titan was better.

Re:Forget the crappy "ciclops" site, try NASA... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18233726)

FYI, the crappy "ciclops" site is the homepage of the Cassini imaging team: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations.

Re:Forget the crappy "ciclops" site, try NASA... (2)

CheshireCatCO (185193) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233740)

Are you using "crappy" to mean "Slashdotted"? Seems rather an unfair use of the adjective.

xinhua? (-1, Troll)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233632)

Seriously, you couldnt find a better place to link to thank xinhua, the mouthpiece of the chinese communist party?

Re:xinhua? (1)

limecat4eva (1055464) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233660)

What site would you propose instead? Everyone's got a perspective. I don't see why Xinhua's would be any less useful, for a story like this, than that of any other major news outlet.

Re:xinhua? (-1, Troll)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233692)

while we are linking to mouthpieces of dictatorships, why not the mouth piece of a german neo nazi group?

Re:xinhua? or foxnews? (0, Flamebait)

chasethetail (1026912) | more than 7 years ago | (#18234034)

Great site to gain insight into the way the Chinese view the world. The site is not that radical really, I'm sure they don't allow everything, but it is not bad. Try fox news for mouthpieces of dicataorships

Re:xinhua? or foxnews? (1)

nasete (1070524) | more than 7 years ago | (#18235350)

Fox is a nice example of freedom. Everybody (in the EU) know it.
Anyone ever wondered how nicely cutted news people at US get?

Re:xinhua? or foxnews? (1)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 7 years ago | (#18236178)

oh i wasnt aware of the fact that foxnews was an arm of the government and the only news source in the country. thanks for enlightening me. I wonder what that CBS, NBC,MSNBC, ABC, CNN stuff means.

Re:xinhua? or foxnews? (1)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 7 years ago | (#18236156)

chinese? don't mix up chinese with the chinese communist party. There are other chinese as well. People in Taiwan, Hong Kong and the diaspora hardly view the world like the communist mainland chinese. Your comment is borderline racist you do know that right?

Re:xinhua? (0, Offtopic)

limecat4eva (1055464) | more than 7 years ago | (#18234350)

Oh, right, because any political system that isn't an outright representative democracy is a dictatorship. Please travel more, or at least just get an education.

Re:xinhua? (1)

dave1791 (315728) | more than 7 years ago | (#18235428)

"Oh, right, because any political system that isn't an outright representative democracy is a dictatorship. Please travel more, or at least just get an education."

Wow! The grandparent is a moron, but the parent is also something special. We're hair splitting, but I'll bite. Every government system that is not an outright representative democracy IS a dictatorship. What do monarchies, dictatorships, theocracies, oligarchies, etc. all have in common? The common citizen has no legal recourse for changing his government when he feels his country is being governed badly. The terms are different, but the effect is the same.

Even Bush overplayed his hand and has had his wings clipped by the American electorate.

Re:xinhua? (1)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 7 years ago | (#18236146)

Oh, right, because any political system that isn't an outright representative democracy is a dictatorship. Please travel more, or at least just get an education.
actually thats exactly what a dictatorship is! look up the definition "a form of government in which absolute power is concentrated in a dictator or a small clique" maybe you should travel more and learn some english while you are at it.

Re:xinhua? (1)

poopdeville (841677) | more than 7 years ago | (#18235700)

I don't know. Something in the western hemisphere would be nice, if only for the decreased load times.

No colonizing mars (1, Funny)

dj245 (732906) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233648)

seeing the rings spread out beneath us like a giant, copper medallion is like exploring an alien world we've never seen before.

Its too bad Mars (probably) doesn't have tangible rings. Because as they say, "if you can't support a medallion, you can't support a family". And if you can't support a family, then you must be a liberal arts major and trying to colonize Mars.

Or something

*below* the planet ?!? (1)

cliveholloway (132299) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233774)

And where would that be exactly? Surely, by convention the probe is above the planet - wherever it is in its orbit?

Re:*below* the planet ?!? (1)

CheshireCatCO (185193) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233808)

Nope, at least not if you're interested in Saturn. The rings, being planar, make a strong case for an "above" and a "below". So we frequently do use those terms, at least speaking loosely. I can't recall the same being true for other planets, although it might be.

Re:*below* the planet ?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18233832)

stop comment abuse. you know that "above" means from north polar region and likewise "below" is south.

Re:*below* the planet ?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18233842)

all the planets orbit the sun in a similar equatorial plane. "Below" in this case means above the southern hemisphere (based on Earth's magnetic compass, not saturn's).

Re:*below* the planet ?!? (1)

CheshireCatCO (185193) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233912)

all the planets orbit the sun in a similar equatorial plane.
Ecliptic plane, you mean? The equatorial planes are wildly different.

That's not a moon! That's a... (3, Funny)

jd (1658) | more than 7 years ago | (#18233824)

...planet. Y'know, it doesn't have the same ring(s) to it.

I'm gone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18233880)

That's it, I've had it with the crappy views down here, I'm moving to Saturn!

Re:I'm gone (1)

Technician (215283) | more than 7 years ago | (#18234228)

I'll stick here closer to the Sun. Global warming is a minor nusiance compared to the mean temprature on Saturn.

The mean temperature on Saturn (at the cloud tops) is 88 K (-185 C; -290 F).

Maybe it is warmer on the surface, but with all the clouds in the way, I don't think the view is great.

Re:I'm gone (1)

Ash Vince (602485) | more than 7 years ago | (#18236622)

The mean temperature on Saturn (at the cloud tops) is 88 K (-185 C; -290 F).

I'll just wear a thick wooley jumpey when I go outside. :)

Re:I'm gone (1)

Technician (215283) | more than 7 years ago | (#18236878)

Before venturing out, research the planet.

I'll just wear a thick wooley jumpey when I go outside. :)

They don't call it a gas giant for nothing. The surface is less dense than water. You might be suprised by the distance you would sink into the surface.

Saturn's interior composition is primarily that of simple molecules such as hydrogen and helium, which are liquids under the high pressure environments found in the interiors of the outer planets, and not solids.

Quote blatenly stolen from;
http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/saturn/plan et_structure.html [ucar.edu]

Re:I'm gone (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#18237964)

That's it, I've had it with the crappy views down here, I'm moving to Saturn!

If it's anything like California, you'll pay an arm and a leg for the view.
     

Above vs. below?.. (1)

mi (197448) | more than 7 years ago | (#18234020)

the planet's ring system as seen from above and below the planet

How do you tell above vs. below in the context?

Re:Above vs. below?.. (1)

catbutt (469582) | more than 7 years ago | (#18234772)

I think "above" in the solar system is the direction that is perpendicular to the plane of rotation of the planets, and that roughly corresponds to north (but is actually 23.5 degrees from earth-north).

Re:Above vs. below?.. (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 7 years ago | (#18235140)

and earth magnetic north is not constant.

Re:Above vs. below?.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18237062)

im behind ur planet
looking up at ur rings!

saturn emulator (2, Interesting)

Negativeions101 (706722) | more than 7 years ago | (#18234068)

Isn't Cassini the name of a Sega Saturn emulator?

Thanks to American taxpayers (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18234186)

Thanks to American taxpayers for footing a couple hundred million dollars for some great desktop backgrounds.

Re:Thanks to American taxpayers (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18236230)

Thanks to American taxpayers for footing a couple hundred million dollars for some great desktop backgrounds.

The U.S. contributed $2.6 billion [wikipedia.org] dollars to this mission.

Re:Thanks to American taxpayers (1)

ganjadude (952775) | more than 7 years ago | (#18236500)

To be fair the Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency.

Only a couple hundred million dollars? (1)

patio11 (857072) | more than 7 years ago | (#18236754)

Dang, I wish I paid for the cheap, discounted space agency you apparently contract out to for great desktop backgrounds! The Cassini project actually will cost about 3.2 billion dollars. (Portions paid in Euros, because our friends in Europe decided that they, too, had too much taxpayer money on hand). See: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/faq/mission.cfm [nasa.gov]

(Incidentally, 3.2 billion is also how much karma I have lost for pasting that link on Cassini stories. Let no one say that I'm unwilling to sacrifice for science.)

pay attention! (3, Funny)

Insurgent2 (615836) | more than 7 years ago | (#18234200)

Am I the *only* one here who noticed the extensive glacial retreat evident when comparing these images to the ones from when it arrived in 2004?!?!?

Re:pay attention! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18234826)

I suppose that's due to the SUVs here on Earth too right? STFU you liberal moonbat. Man isn't to blame for everything. Sometimes nature just does stuff like that. Idiot.

Dude! You can't talk about that! (1)

wiredog (43288) | more than 7 years ago | (#18236312)

The only reason Saturn, Mars, and Earth would all warm up simultaneously would be from changes in solar output, which would endanger the grants of hundreds of atmospheric scientists who've bet their (and their grad students) careers on the cause being atmospheric CO2!

Why not... (1)

djupedal (584558) | more than 7 years ago | (#18234404)

...fly that thing into one of the more placid ring planes and really get attention.

Re:Why not... (1)

CheshireCatCO (185193) | more than 7 years ago | (#18236644)

We're not even allowed to fly through most of the thinnest rings, let alone the ones visible from Earth. Still, plowing through the B ring is my favorite end-of-mission scenario. If you have to destroy the spacecraft, you might as well doing it in a fun way.

violetperplex@yahoo.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18234796)

violetperplex@yahoo.com

Who cares about the rings! (3, Interesting)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 7 years ago | (#18234944)

Re:Who cares about the rings! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18238234)

That _is_ pretty interesting. Did you look at the hi-res version? What is that zipper-like crease running across the surface? It doesn't look like an artifact of the photographing and stitching process, but it doesn't look like any geological formation that I am familiar with either.

I am Essjay (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18236204)

I am posting this from behind Tor [wikipedia.org] due to a concern for my life. The truth is that I am a member of the Gay Nigger Assocation of America [gnaa.us] . This is both a religion and a lifestyle for me, and I was working my way up to the top of Wikipedia as a sleeper agent [wikipedia.org] to be used in a time of need.

My role for the GNAA was to rig the structure of Wikipedia like a chain of dominoes, so that when the time was right our leader could push over the first one of sorts, in whichever form it might take, merely by erecting his black member; we would replace every article with an icon [wikipedia.org] , and make national news [al.com] in the process.

I tell all of you this as my failure has re-inspired my belief in god, and in the idea that one day that white men such as many of us might not all end up as dead, uprooted links in the ultimate evolution of the human race [google.com] . Thank you and god bless.

NEVER? (1)

chamilto0516 (675640) | more than 7 years ago | (#18238148)

...revealing some never-before-seen images of the planet's ring system...

Well at least not by the carbon-based sentient life forms on the 3rd planet from the sun in this very same solar system.

Cool photos (1)

Terminus32 (968892) | more than 7 years ago | (#18239104)

Interesting to see the planet from a new angle...
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