Cassini, Saturn, Dione, and hope

NASA’s Cassini probe this week sent back stunning photos of Saturn’s moon, Dione, which is one of the 64 moons orbiting the crown jewel of the solar system. 

That thin black line behind Dione in the image above is the edge of Saturn’s rings. Amazing. 

We can fling a tiny piece of gadgetry a billion miles away and see what 2 million years of human existence couldn’t possibly imagine. Before this image I had never heard of this moon. 

For all our woes and inanities and immaturity as a species, achievements like this glimmer with hope for what we can do and be.