Thursday, 13 November 2008
Excerpt from video:
"On the evening of June 30th, 2004, in a manoeuvre that was so flawless and so perfect it seemed dreamt, the most ambitious inter-planetary spacecraft ever built called Cassini glided into orbit around the planet Saturn and at that point, it became the farthest robotic outpost that humanity had ever established around the sun...
the most remarkable highlight of Cassini's exploration of Titan so far was the deployment of the Huygens probe. On January 14, 2005, an aerodynamically shaped flying saucer drifted on a piece of fabric through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon and landed firmly on its surface. The humans had arrived in the solar system 10 times farther from the sun than the Earth and 7 times farther than we had ever landed anything before.
...reminder of the good and the glorious that we can achieve if we set our minds to it...
The exploration of our solar system is one of the signature enterprises of our time, we should be reveling in it, it belongs to us."
Courtesy of RichardDawkins.net
Interview with the legendary Carolyn Porco on Wired.
Watch her on TED: Carolyn Porco flies us to Saturn.
NASA Goes Deep, by Carolyn Porco.