One of the things that made Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey so epic was the way the director treated the space sequences, with grandeur and reverence, framed by classical music that added just the right touch of gravitas. That approach appears to be the blueprint for a new short film that features some of the most amazing, real world imagery of Saturn we've ever seen.
Created by Fabio Di Donato, Around Saturn uses images shot by the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft that detail hundreds of up close views of the ringed planet. The edited together scenes were culled from over 200,000 images shot by the spacecraft from 2004 to 2012. The images are a beautiful tribute to a planetary neighbor that humanity is still endeavoring to explore from a distance.
Originally launched as a collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency, the robotic probe is scheduled to end its mission via a controlled descent into Saturn's atmosphere sometime in 2017.
You can take a look at the short film below, but those with photosensitive epilepsy should be warned that the video includes a good deal of rapidly flashing images.