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Wave at Saturn -- Blogs

On these pages we'll be collecting the points of view of some Cassini Mission team members. As more contributions are made, this page will be updated to list the latest entries. Please come back and check from time to time.



Linda Spilker

Thanks to All Who Waved at Saturn -- Aug. 21, 2013

A big thank you to everyone who waved at Saturn and Cassini on July 19 -- you helped make our Wave at Saturn campaign a huge success. People from 40 countries and 30 U.S. states shared pictures with us. Those of us working on Cassini couldn't help but smile to see such tremendous worldwide participation from people young and old and even from some of your pets!

Matt Hedman

Dance of the Ice Crystals: What Kinds of Change Will We See in Saturn's Faint, Icy Rings? -- Aug. 6, 2013

Since July 19, when Cassini positioned itself in Saturn's shadow and began gathering data from this rare vantage point, ring scientists such as myself have been poring over the streams of data coming back.

Scott Edgington

Timing is Everything – So Let's Do the Math -- July 18, 2013

For any typical observation Cassini makes of the Saturn system, the navigators spend weeks making sure that the path of the spacecraft remains within a few thousand miles (kilometers) of the path assumed during design of the observations.

Preston Dyches

Get an Advance Look at the Wave at Saturn Images with Cassini’s Raw Image Gallery -- July 17, 2013

The Cassini mission provides fresh images to peruse each time there’s a downlink and images are beamed home by the spacecraft, and you can find them in the Cassini Raw Image Gallery.

Jo Pitesky

Earth From Saturn -- July 8, 2013

Watching all the preparation for the upcoming opportunity for Cassini to photograph Saturn with Earth in the background reminded me of a famous NASA image from more than 44 years ago, back during the Apollo era-- December 24, 1968.

Linda Spilker

Cassini is Going to Compose a Special Portrait of Saturn … and You! -- June 18, 2013

One of the most exciting Cassini events in 2013 will be the unusual opportunity on July 19 to image the whole Saturn system as it is backlit by the sun. With Saturn covering the harsh light of the sun, we will be gathering unique ring science and also catching a glimpse of our very own home planet.

Jane Houston Jones

When and Where to Wave at Saturn -- June 18, 2013

Cassini's image of Earth will be just 1.5 pixels wide, with the illuminated part of Earth less than a pixel, so the resulting mosaic will not actually show people or the continents. But if you are on the sunlit side of Earth at the time – North America and part of the Atlantic Ocean -- you are in the picture.

Carolyn Porco

A Day for Planet-wide Celebration -- June 18, 2013

On July 19, 2013, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will be turned to image Saturn and its entire ring system during a total eclipse of the sun, as it has done twice before during its previous nine years in orbit.



  • Blend space exploration with reading and writing -- Reading, Writing & Rings!
  • Cassini Scientist for a Day -- Students get involved
  • Cassini Raw Images