We should maintain that if an interpretation of any word in any religion leads to disharmony and does not positively further the welfare of the many, then such an interpretation is to be regarded as wrong; that is, against the will of God, or as the working of Satan or Mara.

Buddhadasa Bikkhu, a Thai Buddhist Monk

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Saturn as Space Tourists Will One Day See It

Source: nasa.gov
This is a photo of Satrun taken by NASA’s Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, which was launched in 1997 to study Saturn and its moons. It arrived at Saturn in 2004 and for the last nine years has been sending a wealth of data and pictures back to Earth from its orbit around Saturn.

In this photograph, we see Saturn as it actually looks from near space.  We see it, that is, as future space tourists and other visitors will see it.  We can't help but wonder what it will be like when views like this become commonplace, if they ever do.  As much wonder as we've discovered right here at home on Earth, it boggles the mind to think about how much more waits to be discovered just in our solar system.

Readers may want to go to Nasa.gov and view the full-sized copy of this photograph there (here, actually).  It is worth the time.