Stop-Motion Saturn

Designer Chris Abbas downloaded a public domain archive of still images captured by NASA’s Cassini Solstice Mission and composited them into an animated short. The pixilation approach shows fly-bys of Saturn, its rings and other objects in Saturn’s neighborhood. Abbas made some stunning artistic and editing choices that transforms raw scientific data into a marvelous visual achievement. For more details about the imagery, visit Astronomy Picture of the Day.

(Thanks, Pell Osborn)


  • Trevor

    Holy ****

  • Dave O.

    Beautiful and lo-fi. Love it.

  • http://soundcloud.com/the-tiny-orchestra/sets/time-wounds-all-heels John Halfpenny

    Very nice.

  • http://artnote.blog.com Stephen

    Space hasn’t looked so “out there” since 2001: A Space Odyssey! I almost expected Ligeti music.

    • http://www.synchrolux.com Kevin Koch

      My thoughts exactly. Beautiful stuff.

  • Jay Sabicer

    Scintillating. Gives you the lowdown on what Saturn is: huge, cold, beautiful and brutal. Mankind will travel there one day, but we have a long wait ahead. There is so much work to do.

  • http://www.thedavecartershow.com Dave Carter

    out of this world

  • Robert Schaad

    This is exceptional. Thanks.

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com Frank Panucci

    That is great.
    Very 1960s TV intro:
    OUTER LIMITS SPACE ZONE (the B&W season).

  • Doug Nichols

    Thanks Amid!

  • http://www.ploomers.com Ploomers

    This is similar to a piece done by a wonderful filmmaking duo called Semiconductor.

    http://www.vimeo.com/3921306

    There’s was on solar wind but its hard not to see similarities in style and editing.

  • Michel Van

    that’s why i love spaceflght
    only with spaceprobe Cassini
    we can see this beauty of nature !

  • Scott B.

    Mesmerizing. Fantastic job of editing.

  • jeremy

    So. Cool. Great work!

  • Keegan

    Scared the f*ck outta me.

  • http://toonlets.com Chris Romano

    Yeah, that’s great.

  • Nick Name

    Wow!

  • Katellagate

    Perfect.