#GrandFinale: Cassini Spacecraft Crashing into Saturn

Today is a historic day in astro science:
NASA is crashing its $4 billion Cassini spacecraft into Saturn.

Instead of being left in orbit, and possibly crashing into one of Saturn’s moons, contaminating any life(!) that might be there, NASA has chosen this spectacular suicidal dive into Saturn’s atmosphere. After more than four years beyond its expected life time the spacecraft has no fuel left to adjust its course any longer. 

At around 14 o’clock MET the Cassini spacecraft, which spent 20 years in space and has sent us amazing views of the Saturn system, will dive into Saturn’s atmosphere, sending final data for as long as possible before burning up like a meteor.

A great bittersweet end!

You can follow the countdown via a great specifically dedicated NASA site: https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/

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All Images by NASA.


This is my own 2016 artwork, TRANSITUS:
By depicting Saturn’s rings it evokes a physical and mental passover into other dimensions.

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TRANSITUS, chemicals on paper and oil on canvas, 2016

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What Earth and our Solar System’s Planets are made of

I like the simple representation, emphasizing the differentiation between our planets. All following illustrations by Vadim Sadovski – Space art.

 

Earth inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

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Mars inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

Jupiter inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

Saturn inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

Uranus inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

Neptune inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

Venus inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

 

Beautiful Polish Stamps from 1963 show Satellites and Spaceships

Ah, these beautiful Polish stamps remind me of my childhood some 20 years later in Poland when we looked up to the stars, space ships, astronauts and cosmonauts, … and Star Wars – The Movie.

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Happy Birthday, Curiosity!

Today, and every year on August 5, the Curiosity Rover sings itself Happy Birthday alone on Mars!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Curiosity! 

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Image courtesy NASA.

Famous First Flights

Did you know? 

When Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon in 1969, he carried a piece of muslin fabric from the left wing of the original 1903 Wright Flyer in his spacesuit pocket.
There was also a piece of wood from the airplane’s left propeller.

The 1903 Wright Flyer was the first successful powered aircraft while the Apollo 11 spacecraft made the first manned mission to the moon. 

Both objects are in the collection of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

 

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Note

Images via collectspace.com and firstflights.blogspot.de

A Journey Through Space Via Smell

As of today, no human will ever get physically near to the other planets of our solar system apart from earth, moon or mars. But thanks to the wonderful artwork of Katie PatersonCandle (from Earth into a Black Hole), we now have the opportunity to experience at least the smell of our neighbours. 

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"Candle (from Earth into a Black Hole) is a scented, white candle which burns down over 12 hours. The candle creates a journey through space via smell; as if taking off from Earth, journeying to the Moon, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, the stars, all the way into a Black Hole. The candle is formed of 23 layers, each containing a unique scent reflecting each place or planet. The Clouds and Troposphere smell like ‘water, humidity, wet basement, washed towels’ and the Ozone like ‘the clean smell after a thunder storm.’ The Moon is scented like ‘burnt gunpowder’ and Titan, Saturn’s Moon with ‘sweet and bitter almonds, cherry, slight benzene.’ Mars, an ‘old penny’.

‘Produced for the exhibition at the Frac Franche-Comté, Candle (from Earth into a Black Hole) was designed after an analysis of our universe’s molecules. This work shines like a candle composed of different strata whose perfume corresponds to the odor of each star, planet and space making up our system: a smell of gunpowder for the moon, geranium for the stratosphere, raspberry and rum for space and sulfuric acid for Venus… From Earth’s forest smell to odorless empty space and Black Holes, Katie Paterson invites us on an olfactory voyage to the ends of the Earth.’" FRAC Guide

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Space Shuttle Launch in Time Exposure

Awesome shot: 51 second exposure of the SpaceX Falcon 9 DSCOVR Launch
Kennedy Space Center, Florida 
by Howie Muzika

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