Feb 11, 2014: Saturn's Colorful Aurora - While the curtain-like auroras we see at Earth are green at the bottom and red at the top, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has shown us similar curtain-like auroras at Saturn that are red at the bottom and purple at the top to the human eye. (Press release can be found here.)
May 7, 2009
After a long several-year wait of acute anticipation and much fanfare, the new J.J. Abrams' film `Star Trek' is finally opening nationwide on Friday, May 8.
The characters in this film and the universe they inhabit are, of course, familiar. But this re-booted rendition of the beloved Star Trek saga, crafted with cutting-edge computer graphics and modern production values, begins at the beginning, deep in the past and rooted in the scripture of the iconic 1960's TV series. This story finds our friends long before they find each other, and follows them through intersecting lifelines and events straight out of Star Trek mythology, onto the maiden voyage of the USS Enterprise where their friendships are forged in a battle of spectacle and fury -- you guessed it -- to rid the Universe of evil.
It is here that the utopian vision of Gene Roddenberry meets the cinematic magic of George Lucas.
And don't be surprised to find a scene or two in this film informed by the dazzling Saturnian sights we have come to know so well. This is one movie Cassini fans won't want to miss!
Should you be so inclined, do drop by this website again after seeing the film and let us know what you think of it by posting your comments here. We're eager to hear what you have say.
And dare we say it ... Live Long and Prosper.
Carolyn Porco Cassini Imaging Team Leader 'Star Trek' Science Consultant CICLOPS Boulder, CO