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Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Ian Regan

オリジナル記事:A Valentine: From Cassini with Love

Although the motivation behind NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn was scientific, part of the planet’s allure has long been in its undeniable physical beauty.


Since Cassini arrived at Saturn in 2004, dramatic views from the spacecraft’s imaging cameras — and other sensors that observe in infrared, ultraviolet and radio frequencies — have revealed the ringed planet and its moons in unprecedented detail for scientists to study.


Images taken by Cassini’s cameras are published directly to the web shortly after they’re received from the spacecraft, making them available for anyone to peruse and enjoy. And thus, throughout the journey, a dedicated community of space exploration enthusiasts has ridden along, sharing and discussing Cassini’s images, often processing them to create their own spectacular scenes.


“We’re so gratified that Cassini’s images have inspired people to work with the pictures themselves to produce such beautiful creations,” said Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. “It’s been truly wonderful for us to feel the love for Cassini from the public. The feeling from those of us on the mission is mutual.

「カッシーニのイメージでインスピレーションを感じた人々に、美しい作品を作ってもらうように用意しましたが、そのことにとても満足しています。」とカリフォルニア州パサデナにあるNASAのJPLのカッシー・プロジェクトの科学者リンダ・スパイカーが述べています。 「人々からのカッシーニへの愛を感じることができて本当に素晴らしいです。このミッションにおける私たちの想いは両想いになっています。」

Cassini Inspires

To celebrate the many ways Cassini’s exploration of Saturn has sparked curiosity and wonder, the mission is launching a campaign planned to continue through the mission’s dramatic conclusion in September.


The activity, called “Cassini Inspires” invites members of the public to share their original Saturn-inspired artistic creations in a variety of different media (including painting, music, poetry, fiction, video or any format that can be shared online). To participate, artists post their creations on the social media platform of their choice, and tag them #CassiniInspires. For more information, visit:

「Cassini Inspires」と呼ばれるこの活動では、人々が土星に基づいたオリジナルの芸術作品を様々なメディア(絵画、音楽、詩、フィクション、ビデオ、またはオンラインで共有できる形式を含む)で共有するようにします。参加するアーティストは、ソーシャルメディアのプラットフォームに自分の作品を投稿し#CassiniInspiresというタグを付けます。詳細については以下をご覧ください。https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/cassiniinspires

Launched in 1997, Cassini has been touring the Saturn system since arriving in 2004 for an up-close study of the planet, its rings and moons, and its vast magnetosphere. Cassini has made numerous dramatic discoveries, including a global ocean with indications of hydrothermal activity within the moon Enceladus, and liquid methane seas on another moon, Titan.


Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Val Klavans

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Jason Major

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Roseann Arabia

The mission is in its penultimate phase, performing weekly ring-grazing dives just past the outer edge of Saturn’s main rings. In April, the spacecraft will begin its Grand Finale, plunging through the gap between the rings and the planet itself, leading up to a fateful plunge into Saturn on September 15.

ミッションは、最後から二番目の段階となり土星のメインリングの外縁を毎週土星の環をかすめるように通過して観測を続けています。 4月には探査機が最後となる行動に入り土星の環と土星本体の隙間を突き抜け9月15日に土星へ突入することになります。

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL designed, developed and assembled the Cassini orbiter.

More information about Cassini:

Preston Dyches
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Last Updated: Feb. 10, 2017
Editor: Tony Greicius



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