In less than two weeks, the Cassini probe will transmit its last data back to Earth as it plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere, bringing to an end its astounding fourteen year mission to the ringed planet and its moons.
It will be missed. There are no plans (or public till to provide funding) for any new probes to revisit the outer solar system, and this saddens me no end. So much potential for our species, and yet we can’t get beyond our bickering over skin color and beliefs in imaginary sky gods.
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