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Rev 120-121 - Oct 23-Nov 30, 2009 - Enceladus E7, E8
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post Nov 21 2009, 08:14 PM
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<yawn><wakes up, turns on computer, goes to UMSF>.... blink.gif <CLINK!> ohmy.gif ....THUD!!!!! <passes out again!>

Good grief. These are all just ridiculously amazing images. I gotta digest this. Think one of the overhead shots actually showed a fumarole!


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post Nov 21 2009, 08:17 PM
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The longer the mission the better the images...
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post Nov 21 2009, 08:35 PM
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QUOTE (Stu @ Nov 21 2009, 02:49 PM) *
Just... beautiful...


Ya know, Stu.... I do not know if there are words for these moments but I hope you find them.

When CASSINI acheived Saturn orbit back in 2004, I never dreamed we would see this. The Universe is so big. We are so small. But we can manage missions like these. Just makes me wonder what else is waiting for us out there!

Glorious!

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post Nov 21 2009, 08:39 PM
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Mosaic made of the initial images N00146699, N00146701, and N00146702. Dropouts removed, and an underlayer of wide angle W00061502 used as background. Much leveling, and dodging/burning/and blurring to blend int the dropout areas.

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post Nov 21 2009, 08:55 PM
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Just in case you are all wondering: The E-8 playback ended about 3 hours ago ERT. The rest of the data I presume will be carried over to the next playback which begins, Earth-receipt time, in about 40 minutes or so. The gap is the result of the Rhea non-targeted encounter. Now, I am not sure either whether this playback will be a real-time stream like the one this morning was. I think we should know in about an hour. If it isn't, Rhea and Enceladus images will show up around midnight MST (~10-11 hours from now)


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post Nov 21 2009, 09:04 PM
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QUOTE (volcanopele @ Nov 21 2009, 03:55 PM) *
Just in case you are all wondering:


I was wondering. Thanks, Jason, for the info.

I have STS-129 NASA TV coverage in one window, downloaded CASSINI images in another and then this forum.

space heaven smile.gif

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post Nov 21 2009, 09:14 PM
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Don't want to appear ungrateful, but Cassini passed Calypso within 40,000km en-route to Rhea - no chance I suppose for a couple of snapshots of the moon? Perhaps it was in eclipse at the time, or pointing constraints ruled out any images based on priorities....
Just askin'....
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post Nov 21 2009, 09:40 PM
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Sirs, I still need to fully recover from such pleasant shock.... The multiple plumes emerging from darkness and "tracing" the faults are simply breathtaking!
In the meantime I made this mosaic where I identified contest of images 6002_14142 (WA), 6004_14140 (NA) and 5999_14130 (NA):
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In fact this sequence could be used to make a real "bird fly" over such features! (note that I rotated 180 all pictures and I cropped in order to almost eliminate the very disturbing histogram on one side of all ciclops pictures).


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post Nov 21 2009, 10:27 PM
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Truly wonderful images. Thanks to those that have taken the time to present some of the highlights to us on the forum.
(and congrats to everyone at Team Cassini of course!)


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post Nov 21 2009, 10:31 PM
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More plume images, though not quite as amazing.
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/imag...5/N00146846.jpg

http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/imag...5/W00061504.jpg


Enceladus + ring
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/imag...5/W00061499.jpg

Traditional view of the plumes, + Saturn
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/imag...5/W00061501.jpg

http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/imag...5/W00061500.jpg


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post Nov 21 2009, 10:47 PM
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This has some interesting Solar + Saturnian lighting effects (note from the Nov 2 encounter - and I see it was posted before):

http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/imag...4/N00145397.jpg
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post Nov 21 2009, 11:27 PM
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QUOTE (Hungry4info @ Nov 21 2009, 11:31 PM) *


from a purely aesthetic point of view, these are my favorite images of the encounter
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post Nov 21 2009, 11:36 PM
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[quote name='Stu' date='Nov 21 2009, 07:49 PM' post='150618']
Just... beautiful...
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That picture, in my view, is the best version yet of any of these images. However it appears to be left-right inverted relative to others posted here. Is it just me? I know it's late . . .
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post Nov 21 2009, 11:48 PM
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I just have to add my gratitude to the Cassini Team and to all of the imaging magicians on this site.

As well as my speechlessness. What a time to be alive.

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post Nov 22 2009, 12:54 AM
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Just inspirational images...wow!
Here's the artists view. Enjoy.
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