Christmas lights: New views of Saturn's moons, Earth from its own moon
Wed Dec 25 2013, 13:16 hrs
A NASA spacecraft has sent holiday greetings from the outer solar system.
The space agency yesterday released dazzling new images of the ringed planet Saturn and its moons. The Cassini spacecraft took the pictures earlier this year. (AP)
Saturn resembled an ornament in one image, with a jet stream swirling at its north pole along with a hurricane-like storm.Cassini also peered through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, revealing hydrocarbon lakes. The icy Saturn moon Enceladus appears as a white snowball. (AP)
Cassini, funded by NASA and the European and Italian space agencies, was launched in 1997. The spacecraft reached Saturn in 2004 and has been studying the planet and its many moons. (AP)
The distant blue Earth is seen above the Moon's limb, in this handout picture taken by the Apollo 8 crew forty-five years ago, on December 24, 1968, courtesy of NASA. Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders were launched atop a Saturn V rocket on December 21, 1968 circled the Moon ten times in their command module, and returned to Earth on December 27.