Apr 29, 2013: The Red Rose Of Saturn - The arrival of spring in Saturn's northern hemisphere, and the steady march toward summer, has peeled back the darkness of winter and given Cassini a direct view of one of Saturn's most impressive phenomena: a giant, swirling, hurricane-like vortex at its northern pole. (Image advisory can be found here.)
Apr 25, 2013: NASA Probe Observes Meteors Colliding With Saturn's Rings - Details of the meteoroid impact process that creates bright diagonal streaks in Saturn's rings, such as the size of the impactors, the rate of impacts into the rings, and more, are presented in a paper published today in the journal Science by Cassini scientists. (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