Happy Halloween from the Cassini team
Happy Halloween from the Cassini team


Happy Halloween From Saturn

30 Oct , 2009 by

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 currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

2 Responses

  1. Hon. Salacious B. Crumb says:

    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! :)

  2. Astrofiend says:

    “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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