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Equinox. What do you have in mind when you hear this word, “Equinox”?

Ummm.. I hope you will not guess it as a kind of food or an old city or a film title because this is not what you are thiking about. hehe.

Ok, Equinox is NASA’s Cassini spacecraft mission. It is actually called Cassini Equinox. Word “Equinox” comes from the upcoming Saturnian equinox in August, 2009, when its equator (and rings) will point directly toward the Sun. This mission will end in 2010. Here are some picture of it, all pictures and descriptions taken from boston.com. Gorgeous!. Love it!.

Stars provide a serene background

Stars provide a serene background

Saturn's Rings

Saturn's Rings

Rhea

Rhea

Cassini's close approach to the moon lapetus

Cassini's close approach to the moon lapetus

Roiling cloud bands and swirling vortices

Roiling cloud bands and swirling vortices

Foreground

Foreground

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