Back in November, I included this pic in an article.
‘We’re about to begin a thrilling ride as we enter the first phase of the mission’s dramatic endgame’.
It is now the Grand Finale for Cassini. On April 26th, Cassini will begin its final descent and crash into Saturn on 15th September 2017, if everything goes to plan. Click NASA.Gov – Grand Finale.
The Grand Finale Toolkit.
‘After almost 20 years in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft begins the final chapter of its remarkable story of exploration: its Grand Finale.
Between April and September 2017, Cassini will undertake a daring set of orbits that is, in many ways, like a whole new mission. Following a final close flyby of Saturn’s moon Titan, Cassini will leap over the planet’s icy rings and begin a series of 22 weekly dives between the planet and the rings.
No other mission has ever explored this unique region. What we learn from these final orbits will help to improve our understanding of how giant planets – and planetary systems everywhere – form and evolve.
On the final orbit, Cassini will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, sending back new and unique science to the very end. After losing contact with Earth, the spacecraft will burn up like a meteor, becoming part of the planet itself.
Cassini’s Grand Finale is about so much more than the spacecraft’s final dive into Saturn. That dramatic event is the capstone of six months of daring exploration and scientific discovery. (And those six months are the thrilling final chapter in a historic 20-year journey.)
At times, the spacecraft will skirt the very inner edge of the rings; at other times, it will skim the outer edges of the atmosphere. While the mission team is confident the risks are well understood, there could still be surprises. It’s the kind of bold adventure that could only be undertaken at the end of the mission.’
‘As Cassini becomes part of the planet itself’.
Project Lucifer and a second Sun.
And next week, I have got the week from hell or a hell of a week. But at least I comfort myself that with the Time acceleration, it will be over quickly.
And it ends with a Heavy Country Show at Blindley Heath on the River of Time over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
What is the Self ? And the Death plunge.
And a May Game Change.
The Nu Ke. Don’t be scared. It’s a simulation.
Operation Gotham Shield from 24th – 26th April in New York.
The New Key. And New Quay in Cornwall, England – Surf’s Up.
On the Beach. Waltzing Matilda. Where and what is your line in the sand ?
And why am I surrounded by Hot Poles ? I was told by a young Polish woman that it is ‘Very hot in her country in summer’. Which gave me pause for thought.
And another interesting place. ITER – The Way – in the South of France. Click ITER.
‘ITER (“The Way” in Latin) is one of the most ambitious energy projects in the world today.
In southern France, 35 nations are collaborating to build the world’s largest tokamak, a magnetic fusion device that has been designed to prove the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy based on the same principle that powers our Sun and stars.
The experimental campaign that will be carried out at ITER is crucial to advancing fusion science and preparing the way for the fusion power plants of tomorrow.
ITER will be the first fusion device to produce net energy. ITER will be the first fusion device to maintain fusion for long periods of time. And ITER will be the first fusion device to test the integrated technologies, materials, and physics regimes necessary for the commercial production of fusion-based electricity.
What Is Fusion ?
Fusion is the energy source of the Sun and stars. In the tremendous heat and gravity at the core of these stellar bodies, hydrogen nuclei collide, fuse into heavier helium atoms and release tremendous amounts of energy in the process.’
Good Luck Everybody.