The following fly-by video of Saturn wasn’t created with 3D computer graphics, but by assembling thousands of high-resolution still photographs captured by the Cassini orbiter. All the images in the film were taken with the wide-angle camera on the Cassini-Huygens robotic spacecraft mission, a co-operative project between Nasa, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency.
The images have been digitally tweaked and cropped when compiling into the majestic video above, but otherwise, these are real photographs.
The video clip is a part of a larger developing IMAX movie project named Outside In.
In the last sequence, Saturn looms increasingly large on approach as cloudy Titan swoops below. With Saturn whirling around in the background, Cassini is next depicted flying over Mimas, with large Herschel Crater clearly visible. Saturn’s majestic rings then take over the show as Cassini crosses Saturn’s thin ring plane. Dark shadows of the ring appear on Saturn itself. Finally, the enigmatic ice-geyser moon Enceladus appears in the distance and then is approached just as the video clip ends.