Cassini via JPL sent its last pictures of Saturn onto us this week, and they are real beauties.
Cassini has been in space for two decades, and has allowed us to observe weather and seasonal changes Saturn, now at mission-end and having spent almost every bit of the rocket propellant it carried to get to its target the gaseous Saturn it disintegrates it will not affect Saturn’s moons, but just push further and further into the gas giant.
This means that both Saturn’s rings and moons will remain pristine for future exploration—in particular, the ice-covered ocean-bearing moon Enceladus, and Titan, with its intriguing pre-biotic chemistry will remain undisturbed. Perhaps someday, when the costs are lower, we will explore them further.
The major effect Cassini has had on its viewers is its pioneering firsts. See a list of them here. The Midheaven now in the eleventh at 01 Aquarius is old adobe mission rests in the shelter of the California hills and seems as ancient as the mountains behind it. This is a symbol of man’s his capacity to seem more a part of things than the things themselves. Positively it is a degree of recognition of established values spanning time.
On Sept. 15, 2017, the spacecraft will make its last approach to the giant planet Saturn. and then Cassini will then burn up like a meteor. Read more at the JPL site. Our chart above is the seventh harmonic based from Houston, because we have no longitude for where Cassini really lies, somewhere out there in Saturn, so it more of what NASA is experiencing and feeling than the little robot.