25 Apr 2012

A movie called "Outer Space" takes images from NASA of Saturn and Jupiter and turns them into jaw-dropping footage of rings, moons and storms on the planets.  The video uses photos that were taken by Voyager and Cassini spacecraft and made by a Netherlands-based freelance editor Sander van den Berg.

The film starts out with close-ups of the dazzling rings of Saturn and then zooms out to show them spinning like a space record.  You are often shown glimpses of some of Saturn's moons as you progress around Saturn, as well as objects penetrating the rings..  Particular focus is on that of Enceladus, which is the moon that features icy plumes of water vapor and salts and carbonates that flow into space.  Many scientists think there is a liquid ocean under the ice and possibly life forms. 

Both Voyager spacecraft were launched in 1977, separated by a few weeks, with a primary goal of studying Saturn and the Jupiter as well as the moons of each.  One discovery made by the craft was that of an active volcano on Jupiter's moon Io, a first any was seen beyond Earth's confines.

The craft kept journeying outward and now are nearing interstellar space.  They are currently studying the strange area at the edge of the solar system.  As of June of 2011, scientists analyzing Voyager data noticed possible giant magnetic bubbles located in a region at the edge of the solar system called the heliosphere.  This is the region that separates us from violent solar windows of interstellar space.  It is theorized the bubbles are the result of the Sun's magnetic field being warped at the edge of our solar system.

Artist concept of Voyager spacecrafts at edge of the solar system. CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Cassini was launched in 1997 and arrived at Saturn in 2004.  It has been busy studying Saturn and its moons and will continue to do so until at least 2017.

Source:  Space.com, Wikipedia, Vimeo


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