Saturn has fascinated us ever since the first time we saw those beautiful rings in our earthly sights. Recently, Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPS) released a new set of images that are amongst the most beautiful I’ve ever seen of this fascinating planet named after a Roman god. This image is a combination of six images from three color spectrums, RGB, that shows us how the planet would naturally look. The CICLOPS mission is a joint effort between the US and Europe, with NASA/JPL managing.
People wonder why space is such an important endeavor for humans to chase, and yet it’s images such as this that allow us to get a better understanding of the universe around us – one that affects our daily lives in ways that we rarely comprehend. Our explorers, whether they are man or machine, are made from the imagination of mankind as we seek to know our place in this cosmos. If you really want to understand the importance of space, then listen to Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, or any number of scientists who teach us that our world is made up of more than meets the naked eye. And images like this beauty appeal to our every sense, while striking a chord of awe that pushes our curiosity further than before. We are creatures of ideas, with space agencies and their counterparts expanding those ideas into visions for the future. The natural world around us has an over-abundance of incredible sights to share. Isn’t Saturn gorgeous?
- thanks Boing Boing for the pointer