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  • 06.07.11

Filmmaker Captures Raw Beauty Of NASA’s Mission To Saturn

Chris Abbas turns NASA footage into an eerie art-house film.

Filmmaker Captures Raw Beauty Of NASA’s Mission To Saturn

If you’re a big NASA freak, you know that the Cassini Solstice Mission to Saturn has produced some of the most striking imagery of outer space around, starkly minimal black-and-white photographs of moons and planetary rings and tumbling asteroids that look as if they had been custom-shot for an art film. Chris Abbas has made that art film:

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Abbas mined NASA’s huge repository of footage from the Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft to create a short that manages to capture the eerie emptiness of the cosmos in 2 minutes better than any Discovery Channel special ever could.

The Atlantic has full details on Abbas’s creative process. The short version: He strung together images as if creating a flipbook and added crazy-haunting audio of Saturn radio-emission recordings that sound like something out of the Twilight Zone. Apparently, one of Abbas’s big problems was selecting which shots to use. As he tells it: “It’s always an extremely difficult process when all your source imagery is beautiful to begin with.”

[Hat tip to The Atlantic]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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