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Cassini Spacecraft Approaching Saturn

5.6k Saturn Cassini Photographic Animation from stephen v2 on Vimeo.

[Vimeo Link] | Far more impressive if you embiggen (click on the rightmost icon)

We've all seen space travel in movies, but the real thing is far, far more beautiful and impressive. Here's the Cassini spacecraft approaching Saturn in 2004. No CGI, no 3D models - just thousands of images the spacecraft took stitched together by Stephen van Vuuren of SV2 Studios.

Better yet, he's turning this into an indie IMAX movie called Outside In (can't wait to see this on the giant screen!) - via APOD

I'm confused, are these supposed to be real images? Because I thought that the rings around Saturn are made up of fragments of rock, not magical floating lines, right?
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"The dense main rings extend from 7,000 km to 80,000 km above Saturn's equator, with an estimated local thickness of as little as 10 metres" says wikipedia. if voyager went through the Cassini Division, which is 4 700 km wide, the rings might indeed look like just thin lines.

also, marvelous video!
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