Saturday, December 24, 2005

Cassini Doubles as Astronomical Observatory

NASA's Cassini spacecraft snapped an excellent image of the Carina Nebula which is nearly 200 light years across and 8,000 light years away.
The Cassini-Huygens joint NASA/ESA space probe has been hugely successful, both in its exploration by remote probe (Huygens) to Titan and for it's continued observation and study of Saturn, it's rings and 34 known moons.
This is the fourth NASA probe to Saturn, after Pioneer 11 in 1979, Voyager 1 in 1980 and Voyager 2 in 1981. Those were all brief fly-bys however. This is a four year study and promises to yield more data than all previous missions combined, by a factor of ten.

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