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(National Geographic)   Happy 10th anniversary, Cassini. You don't look a sol over a third of a Cronian year old   (phenomena.nationalgeographic.com) divider line 22
    More: Cool, Saturnian, icy moons, Saturn, orbits, Space Science Institute, Cassini Spacecraft, water on Earth, Tethys  
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2014-07-02 02:50:21 AM  
Very cool.
 
2014-07-02 02:54:21 AM  
I'm trying to comment, but the awesomeness of Saturn and its moons go to a different part of the brain beyond verbal. But I will say that the rocks on Titan look like rocks on Earth and Mars.
 
2014-07-02 03:39:42 AM  
That's no moon...
 
2014-07-02 10:33:43 AM  
So we are still planning on using Cassini to make Saturn into a backup Sun right?
 
2014-07-02 11:13:55 AM  

i1207.photobucket.com


R.I.P.


Cassini

 
2014-07-02 11:21:26 AM  
Titan is one of those bodies that is just exciting to learn more about.  It's a setting so similar to ours with its thick atmosphere and liquid bodies on the surface and yet so different in the specifics.  Methane atmosphere, hydrocarbon seas, water frozen as hard as rock on Earth.
 
2014-07-02 11:39:53 AM  
I had no idea we had landed something on Titan's surface.  Good to learn something today.
 
2014-07-02 11:45:12 AM  

RIP



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2014-07-02 11:53:04 AM  
Cassini had a lumpy head
 
2014-07-02 11:54:25 AM  
It happens every time. I see pictures like those (that tiny little strip of a photograph taken on Titan's surface in the article was enough) and I get this weird twinge in my gut.

"That's farking TITAN I'm seeing", I tell myself; and I get a tear in my eye. No shiat. I can't see photos of alien worlds like that and not be... The phrase "blown away" does not even begin to explain it. It's fortunate for science I'm nowhere near smart enough to work in astronomy, I'd be way too farking emotional to be of any practical use.

Do I need to turn in my Man Card?
 
2014-07-02 11:59:17 AM  
The last Cronan movie really sucked.
 
2014-07-02 12:15:07 PM  

Wogus: It happens every time. I see pictures like those (that tiny little strip of a photograph taken on Titan's surface in the article was enough) and I get this weird twinge in my gut.

"That's farking TITAN I'm seeing", I tell myself; and I get a tear in my eye. No shiat. I can't see photos of alien worlds like that and not be... The phrase "blown away" does not even begin to explain it. It's fortunate for science I'm nowhere near smart enough to work in astronomy, I'd be way too farking emotional to be of any practical use.

Do I need to turn in my Man Card?


I don't think you do.  I find it un-dirty-word-beleivable too.  Saturn has alway fascinated me - probably cause I was an impressionable kid when the Voyagers went by...
 
2014-07-02 12:59:01 PM  

Wogus: It happens every time. I see pictures like those (that tiny little strip of a photograph taken on Titan's surface in the article was enough) and I get this weird twinge in my gut.

"That's farking TITAN I'm seeing", I tell myself; and I get a tear in my eye. No shiat. I can't see photos of alien worlds like that and not be... The phrase "blown away" does not even begin to explain it. It's fortunate for science I'm nowhere near smart enough to work in astronomy, I'd be way too farking emotional to be of any practical use.

Do I need to turn in my Man Card?


Nope. You get a Gold one.
 
2014-07-02 01:32:02 PM  
 
2014-07-02 02:37:35 PM  

Wogus: It happens every time. I see pictures like those (that tiny little strip of a photograph taken on Titan's surface in the article was enough) and I get this weird twinge in my gut.

"That's farking TITAN I'm seeing", I tell myself; and I get a tear in my eye. No shiat. I can't see photos of alien worlds like that and not be... The phrase "blown away" does not even begin to explain it. It's fortunate for science I'm nowhere near smart enough to work in astronomy, I'd be way too farking emotional to be of any practical use.

Do I need to turn in my Man Card?


I can still recall the visceral reaction I had when Voyager started returning detailed photos of Jupiter in early 1979. Adaptive optics hadn't been invented yet and Hubble was still over a decade away from being launched, so even the best ground based images of Jupiter were blurry and indistinct.

And then Voyager gave us all these beautifully detailed, high resolution, full colour images that made me feel like I was right there. Same thing when Viking started returning images from the surface of Mars in 1976.

My kids are now just a little bit older than I was in '79, and I really think they don't get nearly the same overwhelming sense of awe that I did (do) when they look at these pictures. Sure they find them interesting and cool, but throughout all of their lives images like these have just always been there, to be expected.
 
2014-07-02 02:40:49 PM  
I'm only in my late 50s, but every time I see a picture like this I think 'when I was born, there was nothing in the sky above our atmosphere. Not one tiny piece of space junk, it was pristine, and now there are thousands of satellites that have gone beyond the atmosphere, and some of them landed on other planets and bodies, and a few of them now are beyond the limits of the solar system'. It always makes me feel gooey and brings a tear to my eye.
 
2014-07-02 03:19:49 PM  

Kittypie070: Wogus: ... Do I need to turn in my Man Card?

Nope. You get a Gold one.

:D


threedingers:  I can still recall the visceral reaction I had when Voyager started returning detailed photos of Jupiter in early 1979.

"Visceral" is absolutely the word I was looking for.

I too can remember when Voyager was Big News. It still gives me chills thinking about Veeger's golden record traveling through space. I don't know whose brilliant idea *that* was, but can we pleeeeeeeease do a Volume II?

And now, looking at pictures from Curiosity is almost unbearable. Glad to know I'm not alone in this.
 
2014-07-02 03:42:21 PM  

Wogus: but can we pleeeeeeeease do a Volume II?



Do you really wanna be responsible for sending dubstep into space?

/in space nobody can hear teh wub wub wub
 
2014-07-02 03:42:48 PM  
Space porn gives me braingasms.
 
2014-07-02 07:00:09 PM  

Kittypie070: Wogus: It happens every time. I see pictures like those (that tiny little strip of a photograph taken on Titan's surface in the article was enough) and I get this weird twinge in my gut.

"That's farking TITAN I'm seeing", I tell myself; and I get a tear in my eye. No shiat. I can't see photos of alien worlds like that and not be... The phrase "blown away" does not even begin to explain it. It's fortunate for science I'm nowhere near smart enough to work in astronomy, I'd be way too farking emotional to be of any practical use.

Do I need to turn in my Man Card?

Nope. You get a Gold one.


i1207.photobucket.com
 
2014-07-03 07:26:41 AM  
stonelotus:

[i1207.photobucket.com image 260x146]

Stay classy.
 
2014-07-03 04:31:35 PM  
I worked on the Cassini project at JPL in 1995 and it was launched in 1997. We should be celebrating those anniversaries because I'm awsome.
 
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