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Behold, Cassini! One of Mankind's greatest achievements. Last Friday Cassini made it's final plunge into the depths of Saturn, ending it's 13 years of orbit around the ringed planet. 13 years of exploring the unknown, 13 years of some of the greatest images ever captured, and 13 years of untold scientific data. Cassini gave us a close up eye on one of our solar system's most beautiful wonders.
One of the many discoveries by Cassini is when it observed water plumes erupting from the icy moon Enceladus. We now know this distant moon holds a warm salty ocean underneath it's thick ice sheat that has all the ingredients for life, making it one of the most scientifically valuable planetary bodies in our solar system.
Not only did it observe from the sky, but Cassini also landed a probe on Saturn's moon Titan where it discovered liquid methane that behaves similar to water here on Earth. Imagine a world here in our own solar system where liquid methane rains from the sky, creates rivers that carve out massive gorges, and has massive liquid methane oceans.
I've never felt so sad over something so bizzare. A small space probe that ended it's mission. While we can still observe Saturn from a far, for now the curtains of discovery have closed. We won't know when the next water plume erupts on Enceladus, or when the next monster storm breaks out in Saturn's atmosphere, or how the planet reacts as it travels farther from the sun in it's 29 Earth year orbit. But what I do know is that I'll continued to be 'wowed' every time I look up at Saturn in the night sky, and I'll continue to push myself to discover what makes my life so great. So thank you Cassini!
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