Cassini Probe Made in the USA Dies on Saturn

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  1. Kyle_Bennett

    Kyle_Bennett El Chingón Staff Member

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    The Cassini probe was built here in America with its own little nuclear decay generator and after it made its seven year journey to Saturn, it was supposed to operate on mission after arrival for four years, in 2008. The Little Probe that Could is scheduled to be torpedoed into Saturn's atmosphere this Friday in what will be an end to its 20 year service to science. Forbes contributor, Ethan Siegel, has a run-down of Cassini's six most impressive discoveries.



    As Cassini prepares for its final dive into the gas giant's atmosphere, slated to take place on Friday, September 15th, it's important to remember how far we've come, and how we got there.
     
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    RIP In Peace little space probe.
     
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    It's actually quite big! The size of a school bus! I know I am saddened due to the end of the mission. So many incredible scientific discoveries! Ocean on Enceladus, lakes on Titan, etc.
     
  4. Kyle_Bennett

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    You did good, kid!
    Cassini saturn rings.jpg
     
  6. CombatChrisNC

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    Holy shit is that a real picture from the probe? That's AMAZING. And I've seen a lot of space-pics.
     
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    One day, when NASA plunges these probes into an atmosphere, it’s going to blow up the entire planet.

    NASA: “uh oops.”
     
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    *Salute* Godspeed little probe!
     
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    That is part of the point of killing it in Saturns atmosphere. To keep it from harming any of the moons potential habitats. Nothing would say hello from earth more then us letting radioactive waste crash into your nice clean sub surface moon ocean home.
     
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    I've always liked reading about things like this, but that article that was linked, and all the discoveries and pictures... just mind blowing, absolutely amazing.
     
  11. MrValentine

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    Nope, that's a painting, NOT a real pic.
     
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    Artist impression from NASA a few months back.
     
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    I think dumping out radioactive waste on Titan would be beneficial.
     
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    What struck me in those photos? The North Pole at Saturn was Blue...but now it's Yellow!!! CO2!!!! The Saturnites are doomed because of man-made global warming! Err, "climate change"!!! The pole is YELLOW!!!!

    Oh. We didn't do it?

    Let's talk about the Red Spot.
     
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    Droppin' science like Galileo dropped the orange!
     
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    Wonder what the last pic received will look like? Given the transmission speed, the last pic it takes will likely never be completely sent. It will be weird if it looks anything like the artist's rendition.
     
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    I'm sure we'll find out. Hopefully we can get back some HD pics of between the rings.
     
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    RIP little buddy, thanks for the amazing images & memories. Salute!

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    Well those are awesome too. Damn shame on the 'artist's impression' pic. Do they have any good pics from inside the rings?
     
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    Not sure, search "Cassini Saturn images". They do have some from the two poles that are pretty cool too.
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    like this one, :geek:

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    Here's a video of the "Best images from Saturn" I found on NPR,

     
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    Someone hooked me up with some JPL sample CCD's from this space probe. I have them around here, somewhere. He showed me something cool and I was like "Casini-Craf??" Wait-- Cassini space probe!!
     

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    *scrolls* *scrolls*

    Good night sweet prince...
     
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    Mistah Cassini - he Dead. A penny for the old guy.
     
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    Cassini's last picture is Thursday, a day before the death dive. Normally Casinni stores the data and transmits it much later. However since the atmospheric entry will only last a couple mins NASA is modifying the software to have a delay of only a few seconds before transmission. But due to this they are disabling the camera and using all bandwidth for the scientific instruments. So unfortunately no crazy burn-up photos.

    Cassini has been doing this since April when they redirected it to ensure it will eventually burn up on its own if we were to lose contact. They've returned some great photos such as:

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    NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured a spectacular photo of a perplexing wave structure in one of Saturn's rings as the probe heads into its final days at the gas giant. The rings of Saturn are embedded with billions of water-ice particles ranging in size from grains of sand to monstrous chunks. Saturn's rings also feature waves that propagate outward in spiral patterns. The new image from Cassini captures an up-close view of a spiral density wave visible in Saturn's B ring. The wave structure is a buildup of material that has formed from the gravitational pull of Saturn's moons, NASA officials said. The density wave visible in Saturn's B ring originates 59,796 miles (96,233 kilometers) from the planet, where the "ring particles orbit Saturn twice for every time the moon Janus orbits once, creating an orbital resonance," according to a statement from NASA. In the new image, the wave structure — aptly named the Janus 2:1 spiral density wave — appears to ricochet outward, away from Saturn and toward the upper-left corner of the photo, creating hundreds of bright wave crests. The density wave is generated by the gravitational pull of Saturn's moon Janus. However, Janus and one of Saturn's other moons, Epimetheus, share practically the same orbit and swap places every four years, creating a new crest in the wave, according to the statement. As a result, the distance between any pair of crests corresponds to four years' worth of wave oscillations. This pattern represents the orbital history of Janus and Epimetheus, much like the rings of a tree reveal information about its growth. Based on this idea, the crests of the wave at the very upper left of the new Cassini image correspond to the positions of Janus and Epimetheus during the Saturn flybys of NASA's twin Voyager probes in 1980 and 1981, according to the statement. The recent images of Saturn's B ring were taken on June 4, 2017, using Cassini's narrow-angle camera. After 20 historic years in space, the Cassini mission will come to a close on Sept. 15, when the spacecraft will intentionally dive into Saturn's atmosphere.
    Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
     
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    Cassini's last 22 orbits all took it under the rings.

    https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/resources/7751/

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    You know it was probably actually made in China ;)
     
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    But what if some sort of life form that we cannot even comprehend lives on these gas giants? Who knows, dragons could be flying around in there.
    Assembled in the US. That's the important part :ROFLMAO:.
     
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    I believe they are more concerned with seeding one of Sautrn's moons with microbes from Earth. Apparently there are some that potentially could've survived 20 years in space, crazy. Its nice to see NASA getting many years more out of their rovers and probes, speaks to the quality of the engineering. I would love to work at JPL, although those people are on a whole other level, much respect!
     
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    I'd be more concerned if it were Jupiter. But hey you never know hydrogues could be living in Saturn as well! I really hope we dont start a war...
     
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    I don't usually read most articles here, but your comment made me curious. I was not disappointed. Thanks!
     
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    Ah.. yes.. I remember a mess of policy debate arguments I wrote, and used, regarding Cassini. You helped win a few rounds little feller. Thanks for not destroying the world like we claimed you would.
     
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    Before NASA's Cassini spacecraft began the "grand finale" phase of its mission at Saturn, it took one last photo of the giant planet and its ring system from afar. The spacecraft has been orbiting Saturn for the last 13 years and will dive into the gas giant tomorrow.
    Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
     
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    Milestones in Cassini's final dive toward Saturn in September 2017.
    Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
     
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    "Spacecraft reconfigures for real-time science transmission"

    Cassini: "Hold my beer....SCIENCEEEE BITCHEEESSs.....<end of transmission>"
     
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    Cassini's Final Image hours before it entered Saturn's Atmosphere

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    *Trumpets*
     
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