Saturn

A review of ESA TV

Since I spent so much time on Friday glued to NASA-TV for Huygens/Titan/Cassini/Whee!, and since NASA-TV was carrying signal from ESA (European Space Agency), I figured I’d write a review about ESA TV coverage. Especially as I found myself gritting teeth and saying, “Yes? Yes? Well?!?” at certain moments in the coverage. At the time […]

New Titan images from Huygens

Find ’em here at the ESA site. We watched the press conference. But I didn’t transcribe. (the 24 hours of Huygens frenzy is over). Upshot: The instruments sent back a rich data set, a sample of which was presented. Scientists: We’ll have lots of time to mine it for all kinds of info. Imaging investigator: […]

Huygens descent animation

Civil_Disobedient posted an announcement on MetaFilter about a Flash movie of the probe’s descent, made from the image trios posted to the Descent Imager Spectral Radiometer site. It’s not perfect (you’ll have to wait for JPL/ESA to get it right) but for now it gives a pretty good sense of the fall. The image is […]

Titan frenzy (housekeeping)

Thanks to those who’ve commented or linked to this site today. I’ve more or less committed myself to a full day’s frenzy of posts, and will (I hope) resume a normal life (whatever that is) tomorrow. A coupla housekeeping details: Probably the best permalink to use for news of Saturn/Cassini/Huygens/Titan is the link for today’s […]

to relations and friends in Tucson, AZ

I just looked at the home page of the University of Arizona web site, for news about the imaging instrument that brought us those pictures, and saw a notice for a free open house/lecture there tomorrow evening. This is an email I sent to all my Tucson buddies: My relations and friends in Tucson, There’s […]

DISR duo: Realizing a 17-year dream

Arizona Republic: For 2 UA profs, the realization of a dream is at hand. They live and work in my father’s hometown, and one originally hails from my (current) hometown. A nice backgrounder on Marty Tomasko and Lyn Doose, the two men behind DISR, or Descent Imager Spectral Radiometer. DISR is the instrument on Huygens […]