Blue moon… You saw me standing alone… Without a deepspace probe of my own…

This was on the BBC’s site this afternoon. This remarkable and quite beautiful image was shot many millions of miles from our little planet, so far even the light from it seems to dawdle slowly back to us. What little light there is, so far from the warming glow of our life-giving sun. This is the small moon Mimas, orbiting closely to the astonishingly beautiful rings of the giant world Saturn. The Cassini probe has just given us an incredible image to look at. Think on what you are looking at. Think on what it took to get this image from the cold, far distance of the solar system. Think on the fact that these are images no previous generation of humans have ever seen, beamed to us across vast distances. One day, hopefully, explorers will be there in person and take in this majestical vision with their own eyes. Science fiction? Only for the moment – but bare in mind the image you’re looking at was the provence of the imagination only a couple of days before.