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link to 11mb quicktime video.
posted by crunchland at 1:36 PM on May 4, 2006

Wow, that was really neat.
posted by dammitjim at 1:46 PM on May 4, 2006

That was fantastic. It was freaking amazing watching the image slowly shape over time. Then the final "thud/crunch" when it landed was nifty. I wonder if the chiming was done on purpose or just to help things seem more entertaining for those of us with autistic tendancies.
I think I just drooled on myself.
posted by daq at 1:48 PM on May 4, 2006

Oddly relaxing.
posted by docgonzo at 1:55 PM on May 4, 2006

Sounds like an Electroplankton song. very nice.
posted by Phantomx at 1:58 PM on May 4, 2006

"Calm down, get a grip now ... oh! this is an interesting sensation, what is it? It's a sort of ... yawning, tingling sensation in my ... my ... well I suppose I'd better start finding names for things if I want to make any headway [...] so let's call it my stomach.
And hey, what about this whistling roaring sound going past what I'm suddenly going to call my head? Perhaps I can call that ... wind! Is that a good name? It'll do [...] Now - have I built up any coherent picture of things yet?
Never mind, hey, this is really exciting, so much to find out about, so much to look forward to, [...] Hey! What's this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like ... ow ... ound ... round ... ground! That's it! That's a good name - ground!
I wonder if it will be friends with me?"

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, chapter 18
posted by adamrice at 2:14 PM on May 4, 2006

Did anybody else see a gigantic bowl of chocolate ice cream?
posted by cgc373 at 2:14 PM on May 4, 2006

And I like the "boom" tag.
posted by cgc373 at 2:15 PM on May 4, 2006

Wonderful link. Thanks.
posted by picea at 2:20 PM on May 4, 2006

The various sounds appear to be audio indicators of various things happening -- images, telemetry, sensory data, etc received. How very ambient.
posted by crawl at 2:21 PM on May 4, 2006


"Sounds from a left speaker trace Huygens' motion"
"There also are clicks that clock the rotational counter"
"Then there are 13 different chimes - one for each of instrument's 13 different science parts."

For a complete description, scroll down the page.
posted by Dataphage at 2:22 PM on May 4, 2006

That was awesome.

Is there a high-res Quicktime version anywhere?
posted by killdevil at 2:24 PM on May 4, 2006

Thanks, crunchland.

I waited till the last second to see if something was scurrying away under the yellow-pink rectangles, but they stayed in their burrows. Sigh.
posted by bru at 2:27 PM on May 4, 2006

Between this post and the John Cage organ thing, this has beeen a great day for avant-garde art on metafilter...
posted by jrb223 at 2:38 PM on May 4, 2006

Thoroughly awesome. Made my day. Thanks for the link.
posted by aparrish at 2:51 PM on May 4, 2006

Awesome crunchland.
posted by eyeballkid at 2:56 PM on May 4, 2006

posted by boo_radley at 3:19 PM on May 4, 2006

I thought that was Radiohead's latest video. Very cool.
posted by Meaney at 3:28 PM on May 4, 2006


And there I was thinking the latest sun exploding video and hi-def picture of the sun were the coolest NASA stuff in ages.

These things are just too damn cool. I'm-a-wondering how much of NASA's budget goes on artists and how these decisions get made. Are the people behind the artistic decisions also active scientists? The unity of science and art, be there a more wonderous beast?
posted by MetaMonkey at 3:39 PM on May 4, 2006

This was awesome.
The sound made me think I'd won a $100 jackpot on triple-7's, but I couldn't figure out where the money comes out of this damned machine.
posted by Hadroed at 3:41 PM on May 4, 2006

[This. Is. Good.] I wasn't expecting literal bells and whistles. It's interplanetary pinball!
posted by steef at 3:53 PM on May 4, 2006

Just totally great. I need stuff like this every so often to remind me that we manage to pull off some amazing shit despite ourselves.
posted by freebird at 4:08 PM on May 4, 2006

why was there a picture of a footprint from the moon landing on the far left next to the two Titan photos towards the end of the presentation..?

What is NASA trying to tell us..?
posted by WhipSmart at 4:34 PM on May 4, 2006

WhipSmart: a sense of scale. There's more goodies on Cassini's front page.
posted by steef at 4:54 PM on May 4, 2006

That was so neat! Thanks for the post.
posted by LeeJay at 5:18 PM on May 4, 2006

Wow. Thanks.
posted by normy at 5:45 PM on May 4, 2006

Excellent. I loved Missile Command.
posted by tellurian at 7:05 PM on May 4, 2006

I wish they wouldn't keep doing this. Completely ruins the mystery.
posted by marvin at 7:18 PM on May 4, 2006

steef, you're just buying into their cover story... WHERE IS YOUR TINFOIL HAT, MAN..??
posted by WhipSmart at 8:15 PM on May 4, 2006

Incredible. Thank you!
posted by vacapinta at 11:33 PM on May 4, 2006

Three things it reminds me of:

1. Baby humanity reaching out of it's cradle (with a toy xylophone).
2. Grandma's old 1972 Plymouth Valiant with a wet fanbelt.
3. At the end, an angry cat (also with a toy xylophone).
posted by Captaintripps at 4:32 AM on May 5, 2006

Besides being one of the coolest things I've enjoyed in awhile, this also serves as a superb exercise in the visual display of active, complex data. NASA's got some sharp thinkers over there.

Oh, and, I'm with killdevil...I want a larger, high-rez version
posted by Thorzdad at 5:09 AM on May 5, 2006

Makes a good double feature with this classic.
posted by DenOfSizer at 6:34 AM on May 5, 2006

I want a larger, high-rez version

Instead of a high-rez quicktime, I wonder how hard it would be to have an executable emulator of the program that produced this? And I wonder if it could use other databases, so you could land a pod on the Earth and other heavenly bodies.
posted by crunchland at 6:52 AM on May 5, 2006

I'd have to agree with Thorzdad, excellent visual display and integration of a lot of information being gathered simultaneously. It's good to be reminded that rocket scientists can be clever and artistic as well as whip smart. Very neat, thanks!
posted by nelleish at 7:12 AM on May 5, 2006

So why did it take a year and half to release?
posted by smackfu at 5:03 PM on May 5, 2006

Because it was really hard to edit out the part at the end where the little green dude walks up and asks them to turn down the beeping and whistling noises.
posted by freebird at 5:24 PM on May 5, 2006

I thought it was a crock just a second ago. Kraftwerk. Thought maybe somebody hoaxed me. But that was Titan, right?

Did Titan know it was being landed upon?

Did we really go all the way out there?

What a monumental step for man and woman kind!
posted by rougy at 1:15 AM on May 6, 2006

Some hi-res fun (quicktime, 91 MB). Not quite the same though, no bells and whistles.
posted by MetaMonkey at 2:46 PM on May 6, 2006

More videos here and here.
posted by MetaMonkey at 3:06 PM on May 6, 2006

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