Titan Descent with Bells and Whistles

Like the Radiohead video above, this is pretty abstract and weird, but totally captivating. The video shows data collected from a space probe that landed on Saturn’s moon Titan almost three years ago. What you’re seeing is the “descent imager and spectral radiometer” readings, but what I see is a bunch of pretty colors and sounds. What the cameras are doing are piecing together smaler images to create a whole image. As you watch you can see the moon coming into focus, until finally the probe crashes right into it. Pretty amazing stuff.

Check out the official NASA page to get the more scientific explanation of what you’re seeing exactly.

Found through Gorilla vs. Bear


January 1, 2008