Long Live Cassini
Just like the Martian Rovers (does that sound like a spin-off of the Irish Rovers?) Opportunity and Spirit, exceeded their initial 90 day missions, the Cassini Spacecraft has completed its 4 fear Mission. Time flies.
“We’ve had a wonderful mission and a very eventful one in terms of the scientific discoveries we’ve made, and yet an uneventful one when it comes to the spacecraft behaving so well,” says Bob Mitchell, Cassini program manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. “We are incredibly proud to have completed all of the objectives we set out to accomplish when we launched. We answered old questions and raised quite a few new ones and so our journey continues.”
Is this the end for our intrepid explorer? Not on your life. Funding for a two year continuation has already been approved, and plans are underway to get a better look at the largest moon in the Solar System, Titan, and the extraordinary Enceladus, which is quickly overtaking Jupiter’s Europa as the next most likely place to find life, after Mars on Saturday nights. Ta-da-Dum!