Today, Cassini made its first dive between Saturn’s rings. Over the years, Cassini’s taken some breathtaking, literally out-of-this-world photos of the planet. Here are a few of my favorites, courtesy of JPL@NASA:
Earth, as seen between Saturn’s rings
Saturn’s high-speed winds
Stereo view (3D) of Pan, one of Saturn’s smallest moons. It kind of looks like a peach pit.
Montage of Phoebe, Saturn’s largest irregular moon. (Am I being too obvious with the reference?)
“Overhead shot” of Saturn (spatial orientation in space is weird)
Panoramic shot of Saturn, 165 images combined
“The Day the Earth Smiled”
And, in honor of Cassini’s grande finale, here is a poem by Tracy K. Smith, entitled “My God, It’s Full of Stars.”
Favorite line: Our eyes adjust to the dark.