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Carolyn Porco‏ @carolynporco
My science team & CICLOPS staff members have done a superlative job making Cassini's final imaging sequences possible. So proud of them!
https://twitter.com/carolynporco/status/850749078325440512

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/images/index.html
http://ciclops.org/ir_index/204/In-Orbit
https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/


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All good things come to an end. But rather sad anyway.

More info here;
https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/grand-finale/overview/

And;
https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/faq/

Specifically
" Was it always planned that Cassini would end its mission by plunging into Saturn, or did this decision come about recently?

The preferred end-of-mission plan for Cassini has always been to safely dispose of the spacecraft in the upper atmosphere of Saturn. The exact “when” and “how” of the mission’s conclusion has continued to evolve over the years as the scientifically productive mission has been granted three extensions by NASA. The current “Grand Finale” scenario – to send the spacecraft on a series of orbits between the planet and its rings – has been developed in detail over the past couple of years. "


Since 2004, our Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting, studying Saturn, its rings and its moons. Join us at 3 p.m. EDT on April 4 for a look at the beginning of Cassini's final mission segment, known as the Grand Finale. More: http://go.nasa.gov/2nx8oGS
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It's decided! I will attend TriBeCa film festival April 20 to support @TheFarthestFilm about the Voyager mission. My date..
@seanonolennon!
https://twitter.com/carolynporco/status/843126832526385152


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Carolyn Porco‏ @carolynporco
I'll be speaking abt Cassini's Legacy at the Nat'l Air & Space Museum on March 23. Such an honor. See you there!
https://twitter.com/carolynporco/status/840262561522044928



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Carolyn Porco ‏@carolynporco
First pics from Cassini's new orbit! Let them remind you we’ve lived a bold & daring adventure at Saturn. Enjoy!
https://twitter.com/carolynporco/status/806294838752591872

Over Saturn's Turbulent North

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft was obtained about half a day before its first close pass by the outer edges of Saturn's main rings during its penultimate mission phase.

The view shows part of the giant, hexagon-shaped jet stream around the planet's north pole. Each side of the hexagon is about as wide as Earth. A circular storm lies at the center, at the pole (see PIA14944).

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Dec. 3, 2016, at a distance of about 240,000 miles (390,000 kilometers) from Saturn. Image scale is 14 miles (23 kilometers) per pixel.
http://www.ciclops.org/view/8458/Over-Saturns-Turbulent-North

More at
http://www.ciclops.org/view_event/235?js=1


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Carolyn Porco remembering Carl Sagan:

A Letter to My Friend and Colleague, Carl Sagan, on the Occasion of His 80th Birthday

November 9, 2014

Dear Carl,

It's so lovely to be beaming this message to you on your 80th birthday.
As you may be aware, the world hasn't changed much since you left. It's still a great mess. It's still looking like we may destroy our civilization after all. Political gridlock is as bad as anyone can remember, and there's no end yet in sight to the damage we are doing to our environment and our future. Regrettably, in the hallways where power congregates, they are still not listening to you..

But I gotta tell ya... Titan is even more wonderful than even you could have imagined. Seas of liquid hydrocarbons are strewn around the poles. Methane clouds that change seasonally float aloft. And a wide belt of miles and miles and thousands of miles of dunes encircle the globe. Who expected that?! So much like Earth and yet so not.

And you wouldn't believe what we found on Enceladus! A hundred and one geysers gushing from the surface, laced with organic compounds and erupting from a deep salty sea. It just may be the very place you wished with all your might we could find. Someday, hopefully soon, we may know if...well...you know. Fingers crossed.

And now we're on the eve of exploring the Kuiper Belt, starting w/ a most historic rendezvous with Pluto, and in only a few days we'll be landing on a comet. We've made great strides in our efforts to know how and where we are. I know all this would have made you smile and would have given you great hope. Just wish you were still here to cheer us on.

Oh, and didn't Annie do a great job with Cosmos II? You would have been so proud.

Well, wherever you are right now, undoubtedly out there somewhere in the cosmos, having a blast, the happiest of Happy Birthdays to you!
We miss you.

Your friend and colleague,

Carolyn

PS. Sending along some pictures from happy days ... at Voyager's encounter with Neptune in 1989, and your 60th birthday party twenty years ago. How time flies.
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