OK, so WAY WAY way
back when I was a grad student, I was really into space exploration. I grew up watching the Mariner and Voyager results and I actually took some planetary science classes as a grad student (in Electrical Engineering, so that was sort of a stretch) just as a new phase of robotic exploration was kicking off with several cool missions. Over the last 10-15 years I had lost touch with that but have gotten back into it recently thanks to the Bad Astronomer (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/
One of the missions that went up while I was still in grad school and took forever to get to its destination was Cassini, which is orbiting Saturn and has been doing so for quite a while.
This is a particularly awesome shot of Saturn's moon Mimas, which, thanks to having one massive crater, looks a little bit like a certain planet-destroying ship from a little flick called Star Wars...
This is a "raw" picture taken with one color filter (thus it is grayscale). Another cool thing about it (besides the moon itself) is that the lighter area behind the moon is Saturn. They got this pic so it was lined up perfectly with the edge of Saturn.
I've always wanted a space adventure/RPG type game that used real locations. Mass Effect fulfilled that to a small degree as you could check out the planets in our solar system and of course ME1 had a moon mission and ME3 has the Mars bit. But with the great images coming from these real
missions someone could make an actual realistic solar system-oriented game.