Amazing panorama images of Saturn and its rings from Cassini spacecraft

SaturnYeah, these are some of the coolest space images I’ve ever seen! The panoramic view of Saturn and its rings was created by combining a total of 165 images taken by the Cassini spacecraft’s wide-angle camera over nearly three hours on Sept. 15, 2006. Links to images are on the left side of the webpage, and they are just amazing.

From the website: “The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.”

For more info on Cassini, check out the mission website

Digital copies of US federal land patents and survey plats

Back at the end of August, the US Bureau of Land Management’s General Land Office website made some of its survey plat collection available online as searchable images that can also be downloaded. I finally had a few minutes to check it out, and this is a really useful resource if you are involved in research related to land titles, although not all the US states are represented in the current online collection. In addition to the survey plats, the site has copies of federal land patents, including images of the original documents, and users can also download certified copies of these documents for a fee. Most of the data are related to the 30 US states that are known as Public Land States, but there are some documents related to other states as well, and it looks like they hope to add more. If you are interested in historical land documents, definitely check out this collection.

Via MapUser

Springfield Map

SpringfieldHave you ever sat watching “The Simpsons” and think, “Hey, I wonder how far Homer has to travel to get to the power plant? Or Moe’s even?” Well now you can find out! Here’s a pretty detailed map of Springfield! It has all the places mentioned in the show. My personal favorite is the Springfield Cemetary – come for the funerals, stay for the pie – but Styx and Stones Records is a close second. Springfield is a pretty large place, all in all.

Note the map isn’t georectified or anything, so be careful when importing it into Arc!