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goodbye, Cassini!
#1
The poor thing is due for a suicidal mission into Saturn.
If it goes well, data will be transmitted up until the bitter end.

http://www.news24.com/Green/News/cassini-readies-for-saturn-goodbye-kiss-20170914
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#2
Vale Cassini.
https://www.theguardian.com/science/live/2017/sep/15/cassinis-final-moments-nasa-spacecraft-to-begin-saturn-death-plunge-live
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#3
It seems like only yesterday that people were protesting Cassini's launch.
I wonder why people mostly suck at having fun?- stanky
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#4
(09-15-2017, 05:43 AM)grayman Wrote:  It seems like only yesterday that people were protesting Cassini's launch.

Holy fuck, I never knew that. Ignorance is strength.
Love is... that one person whose freshly-warm toilet seat you don't find disgusting.
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#5
It's teh PLUTONIUM!!11

Pu 244 to be exact. As it decays, rather slowly I might add, it gives off heat and that's what's used to power the spacecraft.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutonium-244

Isotopes are our friends!

Enjoy.

ETA: I lied. It's Pu 238 that's used to power spacecraft, not 244. Scratch all that bullshit about 244.

Better link with pictures!: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioisotope_thermoelectric_generator and references to Cassini.
You can lead 'em to knowledge, but you can't make 'em think.
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#6
It is a touch peculiar that we've managed to leave a bit of a man-made element on Saturn.

Oh well...better there than here.

In some Bambiesque sci-fi thriller, we may have just 'inoculated' Saturn with the foreign matter that will begin a vast domino effect.

Mostly, it's petty cool to learn some stuff about the 'out there'.

Funny how, these days, 4 billion bucks doesn't sound like much.

Hell, I may have $4,000,000,000 by now.

(need to check the cookie jar.)

In other less recent cool news about space:

Tim Leary's ashes are orbiting our planet.

And some guy left a picture of his family on the moon.

Such acts are so bodacious, I can't fault them.

For fun, check out some of the weird stuff that is orbiting our planet these days.

(There's some poop.)
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#7
Why is it cool that we vandalised and polluted another planet, again?
"Nobody should pin their hopes on a miracle": Vladimir Putin
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#8
It's not cool.

That's what's cool about it.

However, compared to standard issue uncoolness of human endeavors, it's pretty low-key.
It's way cooler than bombing the fuck out of poor dark-skinned children in some country we can't even find on the map.

Relativity.

Saturn is fucking huge.

(I just hope Cassini doesn't become like a weird sperm cell that somehow impregnates Saturn.)

We don't need to piss off any more gods.
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#9
(09-15-2017, 05:03 PM)stanky Wrote:  It's way cooler than bombing the fuck out of poor dark-skinned children in some country we can't even find on the map.

You must be a fucking pinko commy or sumpin'. Show some patriotism, man!

(09-15-2017, 05:03 PM)stanky Wrote:  Saturn is fucking huge.  

So is Iran.
"Nobody should pin their hopes on a miracle": Vladimir Putin
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#10
I had all the patriotism beat out of me.

But i do find slime molds fascinating.
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