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NASA has just announced that once Cassini's Equinox Mission runs out in June of this year, they will extend it a further seven more years, long enough for the spacecraft to see Saturn through its solstice!!
Mysteries, Small and Large
Taking a look at Jupiter's moon, Io, from Hawaii.
It seems like no time since we selected Cassini's extended mission tour of the Saturn system, in early 2007. Now we're flying that tour, which extends Cassini's original four years in Saturn orbit for another 27 months, until September 2010. So now we're looking into the future- far into the future.
We just got back from the real post-launch party, following two non-post-launch parties on the last two evenings. This was more like it.
Oh well, the Sun sets on an earthbound New Horizons at least one more time. The first day's launch attempt was a strange experience in retrospect.
New Horizons just experienced what we hope will be its last ever sunset on Earth. There will be three more sunsets to come.
Another quick post from the Cape. Yesterday was our final pre-launch meeting of the Science Team.
We're at the Cape! More properly, we're at Cocoa Beach just down the coast, having flown in from Denver today.
This is probably my last missive before Jane and I leave for the Cape on Friday in preparation for the launch.
I'm at home on a Sunday morning, five days before leaving for the Cape (assuming the current launch schedule, with the first launch opportunity on January 17th, continues to hold).
I've been sifting through the data I obtained last week on the lightcurve of binary Kuiper Belt object 1998 SM165 during my three nights on the Lowell Observatory 72
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