Cassini’s Final Dione

A unassuming civil servant named Cassini has spent 18 dutiful years poking about the cosmos. Her passport stamps – Saturn, Phoebe, Titan, Enceladus, and Venus, joined last week by Dione.

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn's icy moon Dione, with giant Saturn and its rings in the background, just prior to the mission's final close approach to the moon on August 17, 2015. At lower right is the large, multi-ringed impact basin named Evander, which is about 220 miles (350 kilometers) wide. The canyons of Padua Chasma, features that form part of Dione's bright, wispy terrain, reach into the darkness at left. Image credit: NASA

This view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn’s icy moon Dione, with giant Saturn and its rings in the background, just prior to the mission’s final close approach to the moon on August 17, 2015. At lower right is the large, multi-ringed impact basin named Evander, which is about 220 miles (350 kilometers) wide. The canyons of Padua Chasma, features that form part of Dione’s bright, wispy terrain, reach into the darkness at left. Image credit: NASA

Dione hangs in front of Saturn and its icy rings in this view, captured during Cassini's final close flyby of the icy moon. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Dione hangs in front of Saturn and its icy rings in this view, captured during Cassini’s final close flyby of the icy moon. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Cassini’s farewell to Dione allows for scheduled encounters with Enceladus on October 14, 18 and December 19. From December until mission conclusion in late 2017, Cassini plans to visit Daphnis, Telesto, Epimetheus, and Aegaeon, rounding out meticulous exploration of dignitaries among Saturn’s 63 or so moons. Below, Cassini’s timeline and link to NASA’s Casssini Mission –

http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/interactive/missiontimeline/

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7 thoughts on “Cassini’s Final Dione

      • Ooooooh, not a novel, but a children’s book! Sweet Veles, it’d be fantastic!! A journey through our solar system through the “eyes” of Cassini. Do it, do it, do it… I can even get you an artist (who’s done children’s books before) if you need one.

      • I just squealed with exuberant delight. You’re a genius, children are begging for the tale of Cassini.Can’t think of a better outlet for my take on life. I’ll do it! Oh man, now I’m too excited to sleep.

      • Excellent! This will be marvellous, and I’m sure sales will be nice, too 🙂 It’s a wonderful idea for kids, and parents who want to teach their kids.

        Let me know if you need an artist, OK. Turning Cassini into a “character” will be challenging, but fun them.

      • So much to think about, and yes when the time comes, children’s books are nothing without the right artist, I’ll definitely need one.
        My mother wrote, illustrated and had several children’s books published. My post “Recollections” was about the local newspaper coming to our house when her story “The Climbing Cat” was published in World Book’s children’s encyclopedia.She would have been my first choice but lost her vision about 10 years ago. I digress – so artist yes and keep you posted.:)

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