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Fri Sep 15, 2017, 02:06 PM

Cassini's 'Last Picture Show'

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LongTomH Sep 2017 OP
aquamarina Sep 2017 #1
frogmarch Sep 2017 #2
Duppers Sep 2017 #3
sarge43 Sep 2017 #4
klook Sep 2017 #5

Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 03:25 PM

1. Amazing!

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 04:40 PM

2. My daughter's first job as a scientist

was on the Cassini launch team. How excited we all were! I remember how awed I was when she said the mission would last 20 years. Now it's over, and I can't help but feel a bit emotional about it.

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Response to frogmarch (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 05:11 PM

3. Same here.

I was wondering if others were feeling emotional about this too.

I remember first seeing the photo "The Day the Earth Smiled." It almost moved me to tears. The universe is so immense, much more so than the average person is aware of, and we are so small, yet we put ourselves up on such pedestals.


It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."

- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot



(Btw, we're also a NASA family here.)

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 05:14 PM

4. "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

You sent us treasure.

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 06:07 PM

5. "We're here today to cheer

as Cassini finishes that race."



Well done, team!



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassini_retirement
https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/

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