Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Decade: Cassini arrives at Saturn

Despite my skepticism about looking back ten years that I expressed in Nablopomo for July: Decade, an video that does exactly that fell into my lap when I put together Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (Gliese 832c), JPL/NASA showing Cassini Saturn Arrival in 2004.

On June 30, 2004 (PDT), as mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory held their collective breath, the international Cassini-Huygens mission successfully arrived in orbit around Saturn. NASA's Cassini spacecraft delivered the European Space Agency's Huygens probe to Titan in early 2005. Cassini completed its four-year primary mission in 2008 and went on to perform dozens more flybys of Titan, Enceladus and Saturn's other icy moons through its 10th anniversary in 2014. The mission may continue through 2017.
Yes, that was 10 years ago this week.  How time flies when one is having fun making great discoveries.

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