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(Science Daily)   While ignoramuses march to protect civil war statues, science marches on with Cassini beginning its final five orbits around Saturn   ( sciencedaily.com) divider line
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2017-08-12 09:37:37 PM  
(leaps Saturnward from Earth, gets an assist from a few random rocks in the Belt, splashes across the ring plane to an inner moonlet, and springs.....to land carefully on an uninstrumented part of the spacecraft)

(drives claws into metal, hunkers down, and hangs on)
 
2017-08-12 11:35:07 PM  
Also, new Ducktales.
 
2017-08-13 12:13:02 AM  
(folds ears)

I

AM

NOT

LETTING

GO
 
2017-08-13 01:05:20 AM  
I hate "artist's renderings" in articles like these at least as much as civil war statues. There's a place for farking art, and it is not mixed in where you hope to see what space might actually look like.
 
2017-08-13 01:07:46 AM  
We're so damned close... if we survive our own stupidity, we could make it to the stars. It's so goddamned horrible to see good, righteous work like this and the brutal, evil acts committed by others on the same day - there's such a gulf here and it has nothing to do with distance.
 
2017-08-13 01:41:22 AM  
so any other high profile missions in the next few years?

I know new horizons comes "close" to a kuiper belt object in a few years, but that's it as far as I know.
 
2017-08-13 03:00:26 AM  

log_jammin: so any other high profile missions in the next few years?

I know new horizons comes "close" to a kuiper belt object in a few years, but that's it as far as I know.


Juno is hanging out around Jupiter.

OSIRIS-REx is on its way to collect and return a sample of material from an asteroid.

There's a solar probe scheduled to launch next year.
 
2017-08-13 03:20:38 AM  

Ivo Shandor: log_jammin: so any other high profile missions in the next few years?

I know new horizons comes "close" to a kuiper belt object in a few years, but that's it as far as I know.

Juno is hanging out around Jupiter.

OSIRIS-REx is on its way to collect and return a sample of material from an asteroid.

There's a solar probe scheduled to launch next year.


I didn't know the asteroid return actually launched. so that's cool.

I was really hoping for some more planetary missions though.
 
2017-08-13 04:14:16 AM  

Ivo Shandor: log_jammin: so any other high profile missions in the next few years?

I know new horizons comes "close" to a kuiper belt object in a few years, but that's it as far as I know.

Juno is hanging out around Jupiter.

OSIRIS-REx is on its way to collect and return a sample of material from an asteroid.

There's a solar probe scheduled to launch next year.


Did they launch the solar probe during night time for safety reasons?
 
2017-08-13 04:39:54 AM  

itcamefromschenectady: I hate "artist's renderings" in articles like these at least as much as civil war statues. There's a place for farking art, and it is not mixed in where you hope to see what space might actually look like.


Speaking as an artist who occasionally does renderings for NASA/JPL (and no; the one in TFA is not one of mine), this is one of the situations perfectly suited to such a use.

Because, you see ... while the Cassini probe is capable of capturing marvelously detailed data and images (all of which is used to assist in the accuracy of an artist's rendering), it cannot photograph itself from a distance.
 
2017-08-13 04:46:13 AM  
All this money for Cassini, but what about the problems we have here on Earth?  Poverty, war, starvation and, most pressing of all, that we don't know enough about the planet Saturn--oh wait... that's covered...
 
2017-08-13 05:21:02 AM  
That's pretty cool.
 
2017-08-13 06:04:18 AM  

Kittypie070: (folds ears)

I

AM

NOT

LETTING

GO


Hey Kittie. Look, have you ever considered that if you can make the delta V to intercept a probe around Saturn, you could maybe CARRY some instruments to Saturn? I mean, the hardest part of interplanetary science is just getting there.

Also, don't make me get out the hydrazine bottle. You put a spin on the probe when you glommed on and punched twenty holes in the thermal blanket, and the particle counter is going apeshiat trying to figure out where all the charged mass just came from. Of all the things in the solar system that need a kitty to love them personally, this is a bad choice :P Go rub your chin across the gantry just before the F9H launch if you want to distribute kitty love :P
 
2017-08-13 06:41:06 AM  

noazark: itcamefromschenectady: I hate "artist's renderings" in articles like these at least as much as civil war statues. There's a place for farking art, and it is not mixed in where you hope to see what space might actually look like.

Speaking as an artist who occasionally does renderings for NASA/JPL (and no; the one in TFA is not one of mine), this is one of the situations perfectly suited to such a use.

Because, you see ... while the Cassini probe is capable of capturing marvelously detailed data and images (all of which is used to assist in the accuracy of an artist's rendering), it cannot photograph itself from a distance.


Future probes will come equipped with a selfie stick
 
2017-08-13 06:47:23 AM  
 
2017-08-13 07:52:30 AM  

Cagey B: noazark: itcamefromschenectady: I hate "artist's renderings" in articles like these at least as much as civil war statues. There's a place for farking art, and it is not mixed in where you hope to see what space might actually look like.

Speaking as an artist who occasionally does renderings for NASA/JPL (and no; the one in TFA is not one of mine), this is one of the situations perfectly suited to such a use.

Because, you see ... while the Cassini probe is capable of capturing marvelously detailed data and images (all of which is used to assist in the accuracy of an artist's rendering), it cannot photograph itself from a distance.

Future probes will come equipped with a selfie stick


Curiosity already has one and stops every so often to take a selfie.

Opportunity does not take selfies. Instead, it has gone out and done the best damned job it can, put in longer hours than anyone could have planned, and it never complains
 
2017-08-13 08:37:55 AM  
Ghost Roach:

Curiosity already has one and stops every so often to take a selfie.

Opportunity does not take selfies. Instead, it has gone out and done the best damned job it can, put in longer hours than anyone could have planned, and it never complains


Does not take selfies?

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MER rover selfies are not as pretty as MSL rover selfies, but they are selfies.
 
2017-08-13 08:43:19 AM  

TheMysteriousStranger: Ghost Roach:

Curiosity already has one and stops every so often to take a selfie.

Opportunity does not take selfies. Instead, it has gone out and done the best damned job it can, put in longer hours than anyone could have planned, and it never complains

Does not take selfies?

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MER rover selfies are not as pretty as MSL rover selfies, but they are selfies.


I stand corrected

/Ok, really, i'm sitting on my ass at work, doing nothing, but it's Sunday
 
2017-08-13 01:46:38 PM  

GrendelMk1: Kittypie070: (folds ears)

I

AM

NOT

LETTING

GO


Hey Kittie. Look, have you ever considered that if you can make the delta V to intercept a probe around Saturn, you could maybe CARRY some instruments to Saturn? I mean, the hardest part of interplanetary science is just getting there.

Also, don't make me get out the hydrazine bottle. You put a spin on the probe when you glommed on and punched twenty holes in the thermal blanket, and the particle counter is going apeshiat trying to figure out where all the charged mass just came from. Of all the things in the solar system that need a kitty to love them personally, this is a bad choice :P Go rub your chin across the gantry just before the F9H launch if you want to distribute kitty love :P


DSN is not pickin up any wobbly telemetry =3
 
2017-08-13 02:03:07 PM  
The only outer space selfies I want to see would include the entire Kardasian and Jenner clans - without spacesuits
 
2017-08-13 04:56:01 PM  
My own little tribute to Cassini, shamelessly borrowing upon the epitome of villanelles, Dylan Thomas' Do not go gentle into that good night:

Do not go gentle into starless night,
Old probes shouldn't burn, but soar at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the flight.

Though wise Engineers may think dark is right,
Because their eyes saw no other world they-
Do not go gentle into starless night.

Good Scientists wave by, crying how bright
Their frail data could shine if you could stay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the flight.

NASA caught and sang of your Saturn flight,
Of icy rings and hex polar storm's way...
Do not go gentle into starless night.

Grave Exobiologists saw with your sight-
Possibilities for Life(!) on moons far away,
Rage, rage against the dying of the flight.

And you, dear Cassini, at glorious height,
Would your lonely view naught cease I pray.
Do not go gentle into starless night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the flight.
 
2017-08-13 08:27:44 PM  
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What if this storm ends?
And I don't see you
As you are now
Ever again

The perfect halo
Of gold hair and lightning
Sets you off against
The planet's last dance

Just for a minute
The silver forked sky
Lit you up like a star
That I will follow

Now it's found us
Like I have found you
I don't want to run
Just overwhelm me

What if this storm ends?
And leaves us nothing
Except a memory
A distant echo

I want pinned down
I want unsettled
Rattle cage after cage
Until my blood boils

I want to see you
As you are now
Every single day
That I am living

Painted in flames
All peeling thunder
Be the lightning in me
That strikes relentless

What if this storm ends?
And I don't see you
As you are now
Ever again

The perfect halo
Of gold hair and lightning
Sets you off against
The planet's last dance

Just for a minute
The silver forked sky
Lit you up like a star
That I will follow

Now it's found us
Like I have found you
I don't want to run
Just overwhelm me
 
2017-08-14 08:06:58 AM  

Kittypie070: (folds ears)

I

AM

NOT

LETTING

GO


[Slowly draws fully loaded squirt gun]

Oh, really?
 
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