Wednesday, July 7, 2010

This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Daphnis orbiting in a rift in Saturn's rings was taken on July 5, 2010, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

A new image from the Planck mission shows what it's been up to for the past year -- surveying the whole sky for clues to our universal origins. Planck, a European Space Agency mission with significant participation from NASA, has been effectively scanning the whole sky at nine frequencies of light, with the final goal of isolating fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background -- or light from the beginning of time. These fluctuations symbolize the seeds from which organization in our universe evolved.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured the closest images of Saturn's moon Daphnis to date. In these raw images obtained on July 5, 2010, the moon can be seen orbiting in a rift well-known as the Keeler Gap in one of Saturn's rings.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. JPL designed, developed and assembled the Cassini orbiter.

More information about the Cassini-Huygens mission is at: and .
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