‘Where No Spacecraft Has Gone Before’ Cassini-Science Team’s Farewell to Saturn –“We’ve Got to Go Back — We Know It” (WATCH Today’s ‘Galaxy’ Stream)

 

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“We left the world informed, but still wondering, and I couldn’t ask for more,” said Cassini project manager Earl Maize at a press conference, just before mission end. “We’ve got to go back — we know it.”


Cassini Mission members want NASA’s next journey to the Saturnian system to be a hunt for alien life in the plumes of Enceladus and the methane lakes of Titan, which would seriously up the ante on a historic, epic voyage.

 

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NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) — is a composite of 36 photos taken on September 12th, brilliantly curated by citizen scientist Mindaugas Macijauskas showing Saturn in its most hauntingly beautiful form, three days before plunging into Saturn's sunny side, the robotic Cassini spacecraft swooped far behind Saturn's night side with cameras blazing. The Sun is just above the frame, causing Saturn to cast a dark shadow onto its enormous rings. This shadow position cannot be imaged from Earth and will not be visible again until another Earth-launched spaceship visits the ringed giant says NASA.

 

View the story of NASA's science discoveries during Cassini’s final orbits above. Dr. Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist, presents highlights of Cassini’s ambitious mission at Saturn and an overview of science observations. Dr. Earl Maize, Cassini Program Manager, will discuss Cassini’s exciting challenges, ultimately flying through a region where no spacecraft has ever flown before.

The Daily Galaxy via APOD,  NASA, JPL-Caltech, Space Science Institute, Mindaugas Macijauskas

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