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erco
09-08-2011, 09:54 PM
Nice imagery from the Cassini robotic orbiter... is it worth 3.26 billion dollars? You be the judge...

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/nasa-cassini-orbiter-snaps-unbelievable-picture-saturn-144133480.html
http://www.tecca.com/news/2011/03/15/saturn-fly-by-video/

lanternfish
09-09-2011, 02:50 AM
"... is it worth the 3.26 billion dollars?" - hell yeah!

Searider
09-09-2011, 04:05 AM
Omg !
Omg !

Bobb Fwed
09-09-2011, 04:31 PM
"... is it worth the 3.26 billion dollars?" - hell yeah!
+1

Bill Chennault
09-09-2011, 10:48 PM
erco--

Yes. It is worth the money. I do not know what the data is doing for science. But, the images are doing a tremendous amount to boost human inspiration.

--Bill

localroger
09-09-2011, 11:33 PM
is it worth 3.26 billion dollars?

My taxes paid for this probe. Since there are about 300,000,000 US citizens my individual share was in the USD$10 range. I'd say I got well more than my money's worth.

Now my share of the Iraq war, on the other hand, could have bought me a fairly nice car and I'm not happy with that investment at all.

RDL2004
09-09-2011, 11:43 PM
Did you guys watch the video clip created from Cassini images? It's apparently part of a movie project in the works. Very nice, no CGI, no 3D models...

http://www.outsideinthemovie.com/

Dave Hein
09-10-2011, 12:10 AM
My taxes paid for this probe. Since there are about 300,000,000 US citizens my individual share was in the USD$10 range. I'd say I got well more than my money's worth.
The U.S. portion was $2.6 billion. ESA paid $500 million and ASI paid $160 million. So the per capita portion of the U.S. portion was $8.67. A portion of that was from borrowed funds, so the per capita tax is probably now down to around $5. What a bargain! Oh wait, only about half of the workers pay any tax, so now we're back in the $10 range. For a family of four with one wage earner that would be about $40, and my portion of the debt is probably around $30. Wow! I think each of us should get a large framed print of that picture and a BluRay of the video! :)

Humanoido
09-10-2011, 03:25 AM
That's what I call "fantastic!" If you look at the photo, at the wealth of detail, there's existence of multiple new ring structures never before seen due to the rare moment caught in the image with the camera / ring's orbital positioning and scattered backlighting with ring filtering. The artistic beauty alone is magnificent and it's a bonus that science will extract new knowledge and discoveries from this event for years to come.