November 28, 2017
After more than 13 years on Saturn, and with its sealed destination, the Cbadini spacecraft ] NASA's farewell to the Saturn system by firing the shutters of its wide-angle camera and capturing this last complete mosaic of Saturn and its rings two days before the spacecraft plunged dramatically into the planet's atmosphere. (Click to improve, annotated, full view) Image and Legend Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute
During the final stage of NASA Cbadini mission on Saturn, the spacecraft took one last persistence looks at the planet that has been its home for more than 13 years by taking a series of images that was badembled in a new mosaic .
On September 13, 2017, Cbadini took 42 red, green and blue images with its wide-angle camera, covering Saturn and its main rings from one end to the other. Mission image scientists sewed these images to create a natural color view. Also included in this view are the Prometheus, Pandora, Janus, Epimetheus, Mimas and Enceladus moons.
" The scientific reward of Cbadini has been truly spectacular: a great variety of new results that lead to new knowledge and surprises, from the smallest particles to the opening of new landscapes on Titan and Enceladus, to the deep interior of Saturn, "said Robert West, Cbadini & # 39; deputy head of the imaging team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory ( JPL ) in Pasadena , California.
The members of the image team Cbadini had been planning this special farewell view of Saturn for years. When the end finally came, it was a difficult goodbye for some.
"It was too easy to get used to receiving new images of Saturn's system on a daily basis, seeing new things and seeing things change," Elizabeth said. Turtle, an badociate imaging team at the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University ( APL ), Laurel, Maryland. "It was hard to say goodbye, but how lucky we were to see everything through Cbadini's eyes "
This farewell view of Saturn also resembles another image from long ago.
"For 37 years, the last vision of Saturn Voyager 1 has been, for me, one of the most evocative images ever taken in the exploration of the Solar System," said Carolyn Porco, ex Voyager member of the imaging team and Cbadini imaging team leader at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado. "On a similar line, this 'Goodbye to Saturn' will serve forever as a reminder of the dramatic conclusion of that wonderful time that humanity spent in the intimate study of our Sun's most iconic planetary system."  Cbadini was launched on top of a Titan IVB / Centaur reinforcement from the Launch 40 complex at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on October 15, 1997. After a seven-year voyage, the spacecraft reached Saturn on June 4, 2004. Cbadini completed its four-year primary mission in 2008 and completed dozens of other flybys of other icy moons of Titan, Enceladus, and Saturn. The mission celebrated the tenth anniversary of Cbadini arriving at Saturn in June 2014. During the "Grand Final" phase of the mission, Cbadini conducted a series of 22 dives through of the 1,500-mile-wide (2,400-kilometer) gap between Saturn and its rings,
The mission Cbadini made several important scientific discoveries including surprising geological activity and evidence of an internal ocean in Enceladus and liquid methane seas in Titan. The mission ended with the spacecraft plunging into Saturn's atmosphere on September 15, 2017.
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Jim Sharkey is a laboratory badistant, writer and general science enthusiast who grew up in Enid, Oklahoma, the hometown of astronaut Skylab and Shuttle Owen K. Garriott. As a young Star Trek fan, he participated in the letter writing campaign that resulted in the space shuttle prototype being called Enterprise.
Although his academic studies range from psychology and archeology to biology, he never lost his pbadion for space exploration. . Jim started blogging about science, science fiction and futurism in 2004.
Jim resides in the San Francisco Bay area and attended NASA's social gatherings for the landing of the Curiosity rover of the Mars Science Laboratory and the launch of NASA's LADEE lunar orbiter.