When I get down to first principles regarding photography, it's that I love seeing things, and photography lets me see more things than I can see with my own eyes. One thing none of us will ever see in person that's really just astonishingly cool surfaced this morning, and my inbox is full of readers remarking on it—it's this picture of a back-illuminated Saturn taken by NASA's Cassini robotic orbiter.
(Thanks to Eolake and others)
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Featured Comment by Stephan Summerer: "While I agree that NASA is the biggest and probably the most important space agency in the world it is important to note, and give credit to all, that the 'Cassini-Huygens' robotic orbiter is actually the work of a collaboration between NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and ASI (Italian Space agency). Disclaimer, I am actually Canadian but have lived here in Italy for 10 years."
Featured Comment by kevin: "The resolution of the Cassini cameras? 1024x1024 pixels, yes, that's right, one screamin' megapixel. They're also fixed focus since all the targets are at infinity. Remember, its not the camera. :-)"
Featured Comment by David Bostedo: "As the writeup for the image on NASA APOD points out, this is also a picture of the Earth. It's the small dot in the upper left quadrant of the rings. I'm proud to say I work for the space group in the company (BAE Systems) that made the processor boards controlling Cassini (and a lot of other NASA missions). Needless to say, I look at APOD quite a lot, and I'm always astounded at the images that NASA generates."