Happy Halloween From Saturn

by Nancy Atkinson on October 30, 2009

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Happy Halloween from the Cassini team

Happy Halloween from the Cassini team


The Cassini team posted this image today, sending “bats wishes” for a happy, healthy and fun Halloween. And this give all of us here at Universe Today a chance to wish everyone a fun, safe, almost-full-Moon-lit, eat-your-favorite-treats, happy Hallow’s Eve. Click the image for a larger version.

Also, as a heads up, Cassini will be flying by the moon Enceladus next week, on Nov. 2, approaching within about 100 kilometers (62 miles) of the surface. The spacecraft has gone closer during a previous flyby (25 kilometers or 15 miles), but this time it will be going deep into the heart of the plume from the geysers on the tiger-striped moon. The objective is to analyze the particles in the plume with instruments that can detect the size, mass, charge, speed and composition. This will happen at about 7:40 a.m. UTC and the spacecraft will spend only about a minute in the plume.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Hon. Salacious B. Crumb October 30, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Don’t mean to be a doomsayer, but at the moment, Saturn’s rings are mostly edgewise!!.
I would have thought it far more chilling to see ghostly rings rather then the stereo-types that everyone generally associates with Saturn.
Perhaps the Cassini team has finally gone batty! :)

Astrofiend October 30, 2009 at 5:52 PM

“What? No. We can’t stop here. This is bat country.” – Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas

You’d do well to heed these words Cassini.

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