Thursday, March 01, 2007

Cassini at Saturn

   NASA is bragging on some recent images captured by the Cassini spacecraft from high in its orbit around Saturn. They've also go a spectacular movie-sequence of Cassini crossing Saturn's ring plane.

Meanwhile, the New Horizons spacecraft, the one which is on its way past Pluto into the outer solar system, just made its close pass by Jupiter for a gravity assist. There's a very sweet picture of the happy team of scientists celebrating the successful maneuver. New Horizons was launched on January 19, 2006, but from the scientists' point of view, the launch was not complete until this week when the Jupiter boost gave it the speed and trajectory change which puts it on track for its encounter with Pluto in 2015.

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