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The Cassini ballet

June 9th, 2012 Posted in Creativity

The Cassini spacecraft has been dancing her ballet around Saturn for almost 8 years now, far longer than originally planned.

Nahum Mendez Chazarra made this beautiful movie from images from the Nasa JPL Space science institute (I suggest you click the movie and play it full-screen):

 

1.5 billion miles away from us, in big dark void, a 7 by 4 meter spacecraft is still taking photos and sending them home. That is 10 times the distance from the sun and the signals take 70-80 minutes to arrive here.

Here are two more (one, two) of these beautiful composite videos.

Cassini was launched in October 1997, and arrived at Saturn in July 2004 after traveling 3.5 billion km.
 

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