This is the view of Saturn taken from 11,000,000 miles away by Voyager 1, in October 1980. It was the first high resolution image of the planet ever captured.
Saturn is the second largest planet, and is named for the Roman God, Saturn. It's ring system measures 170,000 miles across by about 1 mile thick. Pretty incredible, really.
I had a friend who worked at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the time, from where they managed the flight of Voyager 1. She gave us all actual framed pictures of this same shot for Christmas that year. I still have mine, although it is very faded.
It's Postcard Friendship Friday - check out the plethora of other postcard sites, for a quick trip out of this world!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Labels: Postcard Friendship Friday, Saturn
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That's an awesome postcard!! It's amazing we can send a ship that far out into space and see these great pictures! Have a great day!
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Lovely postcard--I have a fascination for space. Happy PFF!ReplyDelete
This is so great! I love space and the planets. Thanks for stopping by. Happy PFFReplyDelete
Great photo. It actually looks like an artist's drawing, not a photo.ReplyDelete
great image! have you seen the latest hubble telescope images? they're stunning! happy PFF!ReplyDelete
So - in this case, Voyager 'snapped' the picture! It really doesn't look much like a photograph, but rather like an artist's illustration from Popular Mechanics!ReplyDelete
Something historic to treasure! I had some French stamps showing Saturn but I've used them up.ReplyDelete
This is so pretty !! I love astronomy when I was in high school. Saturn is my favorite planet.ReplyDelete