21 May 2010

Science: Still So Cool


(photo taken by Cassini spacecraft, click to enlargimacate)

The big moon is Rhea, seen from 1.2 million kilometers (750,000 miles) away, and the little one below it is Epimetheus, from 1.6 million km (990,000 miles) away. Perspective makes them look right next to each other, but in reality the distance between them is the same as the Moon from the Earth! Saturn and its rings provide the backdrop for this stunning alien portrait.

From here, with more info for the spacially-inclined.

5 comments:

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Photo no workee.

Bob said...

They changed the url.... Fixed; but if it happens again, the last link in the post goes to the article with photos.

The Cunning Runt said...

How very, very cool is that??

Aswer: Very, very!

The Cunning Runt said...

By the way, I followed the link back to Discover and found a link in "comments" to Air&Space at http://www.airspacemag.com/multimedia/videos/Go-For-Launch.html which has some videos you might enjoy, including a time-lapse space shuttle launch and helicopter aerobatics(!)

dining room sets said...

Science will always be cool! We haven't seen the most of it. We still have lots to discover.