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Cassini has taken a spectacular full color image of Saturn’s hexagon-shaped storm that surrounds its north pole.

Cassini has taken a spectacular full color image of Saturn’s hexagon-shaped storm that surrounds its north pole.

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From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • Chris Kirkendall

    Ahhh…beautiful, mysterious Saturn, with its magnificent ring system & the single most mysterious feature seen on any of the planets, the bizarre Hexagon-shaped storm at its North pole. Haven’t yet read a good explanation of how that came into existence & how it’s able to persist. My favorite planet – by far…

  • That is a spectacular image. It also gives a good indication of just how big Saturn is. The entire Earth – Moon system would fit inside that image.

  • ken anthony

    Where else would you stick the allen wrench to wind it up?

  • Chris Kirkendall

    Now that’s funny ! !

  • Chris Kirkendall

    Yes – mind-boggling ! ! Very surprised that the “true color” is actually light blue – those of us with an interest in Astronomy are somewhat used to seeing color-enhanced images to show contrast (or sometimes relative temps) of galaxies, nebulas, etc., but it’s pretty cool that this odd feature really looks like this…

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