I haven’t been paying much attention to NASA’s current Saturn mission, but I should be. Even after the Huygens landing, there’s still a lot of amazing science — and photography — coming out of Cassini as it swoops through Saturn’s rings and moons. Right now Cassini is starting an extensive survey of the rings, and has confirmed that the rocky moon Phoebe is closely related to Kuiper Belt Objects.
More cool photos from Cassini:
- Mimas against Saturn’s blue-tinged, ring-shadowed northern hemisphere.
- Enceladus in false color, seen against Saturn’s own atmosphere
- Titan’s hazy upper atmosphere in natural color.
- JPL’s Cassini Photo Essay.
- Latest images from Cassini: processed for release and raw. (The raw images aren’t quite as fun as the Mars Rovers’ raw galleries, though.)
And speaking of Mars Rovers, Opportunity is set to try getting unstuck from the deep sand it’s currently bogged down in. Best of luck to the JPL rover team on that.