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Old 08-28-2017, 12:31 AM   #316
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Old 08-28-2017, 01:03 AM   #317
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Sadly, the bringer of age. Shame no graveyard orbit!

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Old 08-28-2017, 07:57 AM   #318
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http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Ima...and_Prometheus

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The international Cassini mission is drawing to a close in spectacular style: diving between Saturn and its innermost rings and exploring uncharted territory like never before.
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Old 08-28-2017, 12:27 PM   #319
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If we were all in the same town I'd throw a Cassini party.
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Old 08-29-2017, 12:24 PM   #320
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 If we were all in the same town I'd throw a Cassini party.
Food: onion rings.

Drinks: anything as long as they're very cold.

And fireworks at the end.
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Old 08-29-2017, 12:50 PM   #321
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 Food: onion rings.

Drinks: anything as long as they're very cold.

And fireworks at the end.
At the very least we should create a Cassini mixed drink recipe.
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Old 08-30-2017, 11:30 AM   #322
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Scenario for Cassini at Saturn 30th Aug.2017, data from JPL Horizons.
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Cassini add-on https://www.orbithangar.com/searchid.php?ID=516
Spacecraft3.dll
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BEGIN_DESC

END_DESC

BEGIN_ENVIRONMENT
  System Sol
  Date MJD 57995.5069203252
END_ENVIRONMENT

BEGIN_FOCUS
  Ship Cassini
END_FOCUS

BEGIN_CAMERA
  TARGET Cassini
  MODE Extern
  POS 6.921468 -22.425264 -38.918862
  TRACKMODE GlobalFrame
  FOV 30.00
END_CAMERA

BEGIN_HUD
  TYPE Surface
END_HUD

BEGIN_MFD Left
  TYPE Surface
  SPDMODE 1
END_MFD

BEGIN_MFD Right
  TYPE Orbit
  PROJ Ship
  FRAME Equator
  REF Saturn
END_MFD

BEGIN_SHIPS
Cassini:Spacecraft\Spacecraft3
  STATUS Orbiting Saturn
  RPOS -145916597.743 748316713.791 -1019802967.907
  RVEL 970.9824 971.3967 986.3240
  AROT -1.235 -9.170 -80.488
  AFCMODE 7
  PRPLEVEL 0:0.240000
  NAVFREQ 402 94
  RCS 1
  CTRL_SURFACE 1
  CONFIGURATION 1
  CURRENT_PAYLOAD 1
END
END_SHIPS

BEGIN_ExtMFD
END
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:06 AM   #323
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The international Cassini probe at Saturn will execute the course correction on Monday that will put it on a path to destruction.
The spacecraft is set to fly close to the giant moon Titan - an encounter that will bend its trajectory just enough to send it into the atmosphere of the ringed planet on Friday.
Its "Death Plunge" time! Not like Jonathan Amos to go over the top.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41222282
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Old 09-11-2017, 02:39 PM   #324
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The Planetary Society:
"What to expect during Cassini's final hours"
"And then there was one"
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Old 09-12-2017, 08:55 AM   #325
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http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Sp...end_of_mission

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The international Cassini mission reaches its dramatic finale this Friday by plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere, concluding 13-years of exploration around the ringed planet.
Here’s when to follow events broadcast by NASA via https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive this week (dates and times below are given in GMT/CEST; all times subject to change).
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:17 AM   #327
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/...huygens_Saturn

Generic article about the mission, interesting bit about the NASA/ESA politics.
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Old 09-14-2017, 04:40 PM   #328
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The unofficial Cassini mission end soundtrack, courtesy of the Emergency Medical Holographic program
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Old 09-15-2017, 07:03 AM   #329
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There are five hours left until the expected loss of signal is received at Earth. Cassini is 83 light minutes away.
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Old 09-15-2017, 09:32 AM   #330
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Cassini is now in its last hour...
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