Watch: The Trailer for a Real-Life Space Odyssey

A new movie offers some spectacular footage captured by NASA's Cassini space probe

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The video above shows some of the most amazing space sequences yet committed to film. The funny thing about it is, it’s not sci-fi. It’s all real. Shot entirely “on location” around the planet Saturn, the film is a stunning experience of what’s really out there.

NASA’s Cassini space probe made a close approach to Saturn in 2004 to become one of the most scientifically significant probes to date.  And by happy accident, Cassini also turned out to be a fantastic landscape (or spacescape?) photographer.

Now, filmmaker Stephen Van Vuuren has stitched together nearly a million of Cassini’s gorgeous images to create an animated IMAX film as spectacular as any big-budget summer blockbuster.  

Take a look at the first official trailer of In Saturn’s Rings to see how great science can become great art.