Funding was approved well before the current money battles in the U.S. Congress as NASA continues with its plans to extend the Cassini spacecraft's mission to Saturn into the year 2017, this time renamed "Cassini Solstice Mission".
Check out NASA's image gallery for some truly stunning pictures.
Saturn and its moons play-out more like an artist's experiment with light and shadow. Only when I browse through the collection of photos does the overwhelming alien nature of Saturn hit me.
Sometimes the pictures simply look unreal.
The Eldorado is dead. Long live the Eldorado.
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