Friday, November 27, 2009


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!


  1. Hi!
    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!

    A View of My Life

  2. Hello,
    Thanks for stop by my blog, how come I've never seen yours blog before, it is very interesting one.

    Have you already got enough card from Thailand? If not, I would send you some.

    Happy PFF!

    You Got A Posty
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  3. Lovely postcard--I have a fascination for space. Happy PFF!

  4. This is so great! I love space and the planets. Thanks for stopping by. Happy PFF

  5. Great photo. It actually looks like an artist's drawing, not a photo.

  6. great image! have you seen the latest hubble telescope images? they're stunning! happy PFF!

  7. 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!

  8. Something historic to treasure! I had some French stamps showing Saturn but I've used them up.

  9. This is so pretty !! I love astronomy when I was in high school. Saturn is my favorite planet.