One of my favorite feeds in my news reader is CICLOPS, the Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations. It’s an endless stream of black and white photos of — and the occasional paper about — Saturn, its 62 moons and other satellites. For someone who loves space, its exploration and the possibilities it offers, this almost-daily deposit of images is some serious fuel for the imagination.
The above video is a stunning presentation of some of those photos. It compiles hundreds of images from the Cassini Mission and sets them in motion alongside a track off of Nine Inch Nails’ album, Ghosts¹. The video’s creator, Chris Abbas, describes his project the best when he says,
I truly enjoy outer space. It’s absolutely amazing that we now have the ability to send instruments out into the void of the universe to observe all sorts of interesting things. Asteroids! Moons! Planets! Dark matter! This is the perfect opportunity for a Carl Sagan quote:
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
1: Ghosts, described by its creator, is “a soundtrack for daydreams.”