Those are really cool, although they all look kind of pretend, don't they?
Adrienne: I know what you mean! I'm pretty sure that all of these photos have been computer enhanced so that we can see details and colors. When I looked through a telescope at Jupiter last autumn, part of me was a little disappointed to see a largish dot with blurry bands rather than this: http://bit.ly/dc0tNM
Super cool. Although I still oppose Cassini. Someday humans will live on Titan, mark my words. Though, you probably don't need to since we won't be living to see it. Maybe I should say - archive my words for posterity!
LSM: I am not happy that we could have been exposed to plutonium 238 had there been some messiness with the Cassini launch. I know that solar energy ended up not being a viable alternative, but I don't want us to give up and say, "It's plutonium or nothing." I wish I could be there to see humans on Titan. I'm grateful for the short time I'll be able to take part in human history, but how I wish I could see more than one lifetime's worth.
Our kids will see it, or more likely our grand kids. They will! And there will be little particles of us in them ... and everywhere else, too! Cue The Lion King.
Oh, serious squee. When I was little, I was obsessed with outer space, but mostly Saturn. My logo, when I was in elementary school and signed my name on paper, was a picture of Saturn. What a nerd I was. But an earnest one.
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