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January 18, 2011

Cassini Rocks Rhea Rendezvous

Cassini, a NASA spacecraft, has just completed its closest flyby around Rhea, one of Saturn's moon. With such a close distance to its surface, Cassini was able to capture multiple images of the moon's surface, allowing scientists to examine more closely its atmosphere.

The full article can be read here:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/whycassini/cassini20110113.html

Posted by nelalam at January 18, 2011 04:40 PM

Comments

I love that we know more about the universe than we do about the bottom of the sea. It's because of this kind of exploration this is possible. If we are able to study planets as far out as Saturn and Pluto (yes, I'm calling it a planet), I can't wait until we are able to get more info beyond that.

Posted by: jshglass at January 19, 2011 02:26 PM

It is amazing how much information we can get with just simple pictures of a planet's or moon's surface. I wonder if we will ever be able to get human feet on more than just the moon. I am also so excited for the current mission to pluto. With the New Horizon on its way, we will learn so many things about pluto and its make up. I can't wait for the pictures that will return from the flight.

Posted by: mackenro at January 22, 2011 11:30 AM

I was actually really intrigued about Cassini because it can take high definition photos of Saturn - ones that we haven't seen before (kind of like Hubble). I found this website which shows Cassini's many photos. We can clearly see the different planets and moons that Cassini has captured on film. Pretty awesome.

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/cassini

Posted by: jeffkong at January 27, 2011 08:06 PM

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