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Adios, Cassini

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Go Cassini! Ring-diving (using its large antenna as a shield) - should make for some very pretty pictures.
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Cassini is back in contact and sending images - twenty-one more dives to go.
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An early raw image here.
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Cassini, having dived through the 'big empty' once, turns for a second go:

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Cassini is now on final approach.
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Some lovely images of Saturn's rings in this IMAX trailer.
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Emerging out of the Cassini mission, there's Dragonfly - a proposal from John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory to send a quadcopter probe to Titan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk1zVxwq7O4

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going to go watch that now but my initial thought is ,"Does Titan have an atmosphere?" cant fly a quad without one....
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spud42 wrote:my initial thought is ,"Does Titan have an atmosphere?"
Yes! A big thick atmosphere, mostly nitrogen, a little methane, traces of other gases. Surface pressure is actually a bit higher than Earth's.

You can hear the sound of Titan's winds, as the Huygens probe parachuted to its surface:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36ffV-CI3Mo

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Low gravity too - similar to the Moon's, I think.
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Low gravity too - similar to the Moon's, I think.
Yes – it should be possible for humans wearing wings to fly there, using muscle power alone.

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I can see it now - flapping along merrily, through showers of methane rain, hoping it doesn't get too windy!
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