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Mark

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Good bye Cassini - in spectacular fashion
« on: November 23, 2016, 05:35:43 PM »
How could it get any better?  So much interesting astronomy going on - check this out:

"On Tuesday, Nov. 29, NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn will begin a series of orbits that for the first time will take it through the dusty edges of the planet's F ring. In this image taken by Cassini during Saturn's 2009 equinox, the F ring can be identified as the outermost visible ring."

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/news/2016/11/22/spacecrafts-ring-grazing-maneuver-to-deliver-new-science-from-saturn/

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Re: Good bye Cassini - in spectacular fashion
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2016, 09:06:11 PM »
I'm another one of those space fans who pay attention to every planetary probe, read the Cassini weekly news word for word. They're compensating for how the Galileo ship was treated. NASA funding had been minimized at the time Galileo was finishing its mission around Jupiter. Cameras were off during its final plunge. Frickin amazing. The ship flew right by Amalthea and obviously had a one-time vantage point looking toward Jupiter's cloudtops.
Good for the Cassini team to give their ship every possible regard.
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