At the risk of looking like a one-note blog, I couldn’t resist posting this after seeing it come through my Atlantic newsfeed. It’s a video put together using raw images from NASA’s Cassini and Voyager missions, and it’s awesome. (I use that word in its original sense.)
Aside from its beauty, this video is noteworthy for being the face of what modern science has to offer average citizens. Once, science was something “they” did, those few people fortunate enough to receive the education and opportunities that gave them access to the higher levels of knowledge and research. What trickled down to the masses was bits and pieces of heavily edited and often dumbed-down information.
But today, this stuff is available for download! And so filmmaker Sander van den Berg downloaded raw data from NASA’s web sites, and put it together himself. It looks like a lovely film, but it’s really a gateway drug, just like so many of the images released by the scientists behind Cassini, Hubble, the Mars rovers, the Solar Dynamic Observatory, etc. You never know when a young person will see these images and suddenly realize: that’s what she or he wants to do in life.
(I probably don’t need to say “HD and fullscreen,” do I?)