® can skip this post. It contains elements of science. It contains actual facts, not alternative ones. It's not a faked moon landing. It's not fake news.
In short: it's nothing in which you'd be interested, let alone understand.
So there Andrew Jackson was......piloting a rocket into space to go forward in time to stop the Civil War................
I kid. I kid.
At the end of April, Cassini made it's last hurrah in its almost 20 year space flight. Seven years to get there, a decade of data gathering.
Think about that for a second. The idea to make this happen: to design it, to plan and launch it. That something travels for seven years and just want it to work for a while yet it goes for almost two decades.
If Fran Tarkington were alive (and, well, I suppose he just might be), he'd say: "that's incredible!" (and yes, you have to be of a certain age to get that.)
The most spectacular thing was that near the end of its life, engineers have been guiding Cassini between the actual rings of the planet. Come September of this year, "they" will crash it into the Saturn's surface.
I actually have mixed feelings about this. Not the demise of the craft, and not the end of a twenty year old mission. I feel at odds that we, as humans are actually littering another planet for the first time. Second time if you count the probe they jettisoned from Cassini a while back. Sure it's in the name of exploration, but still..........
And yes, I know, "we've" done this to other planets. This one just seems weird. Go figure.
However, I do love all the data on the make-up of Saturn, its rings and its moons.
.....if nothing else, it will keep the Dumpsters® counter-acting actual science stuff and maybe ignore ruining our own planet.
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