Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Saturn struts its stuff

Why does Saturn intoxicate us so? Its rings are beautiful and its largest moon is like a little planet of its own. Here's a music video featuring our favorite gas giant that will make your heart pitter-patter a little faster. As if your love affair with Saturn needed more kindling...

CASSINI MISSION from Chris Abbas on Vimeo.

The photos from this music video that appeared on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day were compiled from images taken by the Cassini spacecraft - a space-based detective charged with full-time surveillance of Saturn and its many moons.

Cassini was launched in October 1997 and has been in orbit around Saturn for 7 years this Friday. Sadly, Cassini is scheduled for a self-destruct in 2017, when it will crash into Saturn. Until then, Cassini will hopefully continue to send back more beautiful (and informative) images of the beloved, ringed planet.

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