Roamy here. Is it just me, or is NASA cranking up the press releases to cover for no Shuttle or Soyuz launches? Speaking of which, a Soyuz capsule carrying astronaut Ron Garan and cosmonauts Andrei Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyayev landed safely after giving everyone a scare. Communication between the crew and the Russian Mission Control was interrupted for several minutes. Contact was eventually established between the crew and an An-2 airplane circling the landing site. Three crewmen remain on the International Space Station; Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, NASA’s Michael Fossum and JAXA’s Satoshi Furukawa are due to return to Earth in November.
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured this portrait of five of Saturn’s moons poised along the planet’s rings.
From left to right are Janus, Pandora, Enceladus, Mimas and finally Rhea, bisected by the right side of the frame. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 684,000 miles (1.1 million kilometers) from Rhea and 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers) from Enceladus.
The press release noted that the image scale is about 4 miles per pixel on Rhea and 7 miles per pixel on Enceladus.