This is easily one of the best pictures ever captured of Mimas, revealing intricate surface features and shadows cast across its iconic impact crater.
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As the Cassini spacecraft executes its final daredevil maneuvers, scientists on both sides of the Atlantic are already thinking about the next mission to Saturn. But this time around, nobody's talking about studying the gas giant itself. They're talking about hunting for life in Saturn's rings.
Last week, the Cassini spacecraft began a series of dramatic, "ring-grazing orbits" that will see it fly high over Saturn's poles before diving perilously close to the gas giant's rings. Now, NASA has received back the first images from this exciting chapter in Cassini's last year of life — and they do not disappoint.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has given us some incredible images of Saturn, and its latest gift is no exception. Taken from above, the black-and-white photo makes the Ringed Planet look like a peaceful orb enclosed by its belted friends.
The evidence is mounting that our solar system is rife with oceans. Last week, scientists reported that Pluto could have an insanely deep liquid water swimming pool beneath its surface, and this week, NASA revealed new evidence for geyser activity on icy Europa. Now, another frozen moon is poised to join the club of outer space scuba retreats: Dione.
Space is a freaky place, and few people understand that as well as NASA software engineer Kevin Gill. He regularly uses real data to inspire works of art he renders using complicated computer software. In the past, he has created visualisations of what Mars would look like if it were inhabited and what Earth would look like if it had rings. Now, he's released a series of images that show Saturn's moon Daphnis and its unusual relationship with the planet's rings.
Image Cache: Most of the photos taken of Saturn these days are in drab black and white. But this infrared view of Saturn from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is a stunning reminder of this ringed planet's spectral vibrance.
We've been getting some fantastic images from the Cassini Spacecraft this year as it orbits Saturn, and one of its latest image from the ringed planet is no less stunning.