Mission Amazing

Thank you, Cassini, the little explorer that could.

Launched almost twenty years ago (Oct. 17, 1997), Cassini has been taking pictures of Saturn and its moons (and selfies, evidently) for thirteen years (it takes awhile to get to Saturn).  Its primary mission was completed in June of 2008, but it said, “You know, as long I’m out here,” and kept on sending back information and pictures that revolutionized our understanding of space, thanks to the good work of NASA and the European Space Agency.   NASA has a free e-book of the Saturn System Through the Eyes of Cassini, but my favorite Cassini production is still the Google Doodle.

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Mission Amazing

  1. I read something in the news this week that said one of the reasons to have Cassini crash into Saturn was to avoid possible contamination with Titan and Encadelus. They’re hoping to find some kind of life on one or both moons and are trying to be careful, just in case.

    My kids love a PBS show called Ready Jet Go about aliens coming to live on Earth, the parents are travel writers for their home world. They land in a small community of DSA scientists and their families. I love it for exposing the kids to science and space.

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  2. This is all so cool. I put the NYT set of photos on my Facebook page, they are so beautiful. I’m feeling a little blue because she/he? (I know it’s an it, but, anthropomorphism) took the last look today and said good bye. But we need to remember we are a species that does this kind of thing.

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  3. Sometimes we humans don’t do so bad.

    It’s rather humbling to imagine this little blip-blip tootling through space (infinite, infinite space), faithfully sending back images. We’re all so tiny in the universe. But somehow we can loom large as well.

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  4. The idea that I could check out the latest photos at 3AM in my jammies when I couldn’t sleep is just amazing to me. And that they did all this with 80s technology makes it more so. I’ll be the first to admit I cried Friday morning. We’d been together 13 years, I’ve had friendships not last so long.

    And yes, love the Doodle!

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