Goodbye Cassini after 19 years 11 months and 15 days ...

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Goodbye Cassini after 19 years 11 months and 15 days ...

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:24 pm

... in the spirit of the thread about the Voyagers, here is a beautifully made tribute to the Cassini - Huygens mission to the Saturn system;

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt ... ens_saturn
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Re: Goodbye Cassini after 19 years 11 months and 15 days ...

Post by Andrew Pohlman » Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:45 pm

From a human perspective, it's hard for me to accept that we are sending this valiant space craft to its doom. But we can certainly be proud of the accomplishments for science that were achieved.
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Re: Goodbye Cassini after 19 years 11 months and 15 days ...

Post by astro64 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:49 pm

Very nice tribute!

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Re: Goodbye Cassini after 19 years 11 months and 15 days ...

Post by lagartija » Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:37 pm

Andrew Pohlman wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:45 pm
From a human perspective, it's hard for me to accept that we are sending this valiant space craft to its doom. But we can certainly be proud of the accomplishments for science that were achieved.
Yes...but it is almost out of fuel and that means it might come down on one of the moons or somewhere where it might matter. Better to send it for a closer although final look at Saturn's atmosphere than wait for the orbit to decay. 8)

:bye: Cassini, thank you for your pictures and copious quantities of information. :bravo: :merci:
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Re: Goodbye Cassini after 19 years 11 months and 15 days ...

Post by Tubbers » Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:49 pm

Maybe it'll find Dr. Frank Poole.
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Re: Goodbye Cassini after 19 years 11 months and 15 days ...

Post by Andrew Pohlman » Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:52 pm

Tubbers wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:49 pm
Maybe it'll find Dr. Frank Poole.
Or Jimmy Hoffa. :D
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Re: Goodbye Cassini after 19 years 11 months and 15 days ...

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:16 pm

Tubbers wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:49 pm
Maybe it'll find Dr. Frank Poole.
Perhaps they'll be playing Blue Danube as it heads into the atmosphere of Saturn ...
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Re: Goodbye Cassini after 19 years 11 months and 15 days ...

Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:58 pm

Apparently scientists were also afraid that, since two moons around Saturn could possibly sustain life, they wanted to avoid the slim chance of Cassini crashing into one and contaminating it with Earth microbes. So it had to crash rather than stay in orbit.
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Re: Goodbye Cassini after 19 years 11 months and 15 days ...

Post by Andrew Pohlman » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:44 pm

It's over! As of 4:55 AM PDT, scientists lost communication with Cassini. May she rest in peace, although it is more likely she will rest in pieces.

What a valiant effort and valiant spacecraft!!! History has been made, and we were alive to see it ! There are people who spent their entire careers working on Cassini. Maybe they'll have time to practice some classical guitar now! :D
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Re: Goodbye Cassini after 19 years 11 months and 15 days ...

Post by dory » Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:53 pm

I feel sad but I guess everything good has to come to an end.
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Re: Goodbye Cassini after 19 years 11 months and 15 days ...

Post by powderedtoastman » Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:24 am

Cassini took pictures of awesome stuff that we've never seen before. Hats off to the folks who made it happen!

Here's hoping we get to see missions to more moons of the gas giants. There are proposals to send spacecraft to Europa, Enceladus and similar, which I have been hearing a little bit of murmur about!

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Re: Goodbye Cassini after 19 years 11 months and 15 days ...

Post by Tubbers » Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:08 am

Andrew Pohlman wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:52 pm
Tubbers wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:49 pm
Maybe it'll find Dr. Frank Poole.
Or Jimmy Hoffa. :D
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Re: Goodbye Cassini after 19 years 11 months and 15 days ...

Post by Tubbers » Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:08 am

Stephen Kenyon wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:16 pm
Tubbers wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:49 pm
Maybe it'll find Dr. Frank Poole.
Perhaps they'll be playing Blue Danube as it heads into the atmosphere of Saturn ...
That would have been nice.
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Re: Goodbye Cassini after 19 years 11 months and 15 days ...

Post by PeteJ » Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:43 am

Sort of an adult version of 'Toy Story'.

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Re: Goodbye Cassini after 19 years 11 months and 15 days ...

Post by Intune » Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:58 am

Jeffrey Armbruster wrote:
Apparently scientists were also afraid that, since two moons around Saturn could possibly sustain life, they wanted to avoid the slim chance of Cassini crashing into one and contaminating it with Earth microbes. So it had to crash rather than stay in orbit.
Let's hope the aliens who visit -- or may already have visited -- us are half as considerate!

Only kidding, of course.

What an amazing technical accomplishment. I was absolutely dazzled by the photos from Cassini.
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