A Brief Survey of Cassini’s Remarkable 15 Year Journey to Saturn

Titan and Saturn

Cassini’s historic space journey to Saturn actually began back in 1990 when the onset of the behemoth engineering task was undertaken build the pioneering satellite. It took seven years to build, and was finally launched in October of 1997.  Just one of many “serendipitous” facts about the Cassini mission is that it would ultimately require the extra gravity boost of Venus [ twice ] and Jupiter to propel the tiny satellite all the way to Saturn, in spite of Cassini’s plan to be launched by the mighty Titan rocket, the largest space rocket on earth.  And it “just so happened” that just such a rare planetary alignment of Venus and Jupiter was to occur in the late 1990s which would not occur again for more than 600 years, making the October 1997 launch of Cassini a unique an unparalleled moment of opportunity,  a quite literal catapult into the 21st century of solar system exploration. I find this a remarkable fact about the Cassini Mission.

“Cassini launched in October 1997 with the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe. The probe was equipped with six instruments to study Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. It landed on Titan’s surface on Jan. 14, 2005, and returned spectacular results.”

To say that the journey of the tiny satellite was perilous at points would be an understatement.  As the satellite finally closed in on Saturn, Cassini actually had to pass through the rings of Saturn to achieve proper orbital lock around the giant planet,  risking obliteration by the trillions of rocks and ice particles, some as large as houses. Another serendipitous moment was checked off when the satellite passed through the rings unharmed, a near miraculous achievement.

Further, when the satellite’s smaller exploratory unit was discharged for landing on Titan, the signal it would send back to NASA and EU space scientists  on earth across more than 1 billion kilometers of space announcing it’s landing was no stronger than that of a mobile cell phone at the time.

Today some 15 years later we are treated to a brief photo essay of what Satellite Cassini has discovered, including moons too numerous to remember their names, and color images of the glistening blue lakes of Titan. Perhaps all the scientific focus on Mars has been misplaced. I happen to believe that the future of humankind might possibly be destined to become ever more entwined with the orbit, resources and mysteries of Saturn’s Titan.

Enjoy.

Other Videos Covering Cassini’s Journey Through Space

Cassini Hall of Fame Photo Gallery

First color photograph of the surface of Titan taken by Cassini.

Cassini Creates the First Topographical Map of Titan

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Photojournalist Alison Wright Tells Her Life Story: Portraits of the Human Spirit

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Offbeat News Video Report for Memorial Day 2013

[ None of these stories have anything to do with Memorial Day celebrations, just random web surfing finds.]

A monitor lizard invades the Parliament House of Thailand. Russia plans to build a lunar resort on the moon. Mother Mary appears next to a child with cancer who is then healed. And more.

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Another Home Video Out of New Zealand Shows Nibiru Footage: Crystal Clear Evidence

It doesn’t matter to me what NASA or the federal government or the “blind” lamestream media reports on this subject: something is out there and when you see footage like this then you KNOW that the whole world population is being lied to about the actuality of Nibiru aka Planet X. Look at this footage. It’s exactly like an earlier video I posted this spring from another New Zealander who saw it and took video from his back yard too. The lens does not lie.

Another man and his wife in Auckland New Zealand also recorded video footage this spring of the exact same object. Watch both videos and compare:

Another video from an astronomy observatory reveals Nibiru rising right before the sunrise. it appears at the very end of this raw outdoor webcam footage below:

See also:

Newest Video Footage of Nibiru System Incoming Startling, Inexplicable: Where is the Mainstream Media Coverage?

I’d like for readers to share this post on their own social networks please. To see more reports I have posted on Nibiru this year and last year on this blog visit:

https://21stcenturyscreenshots.wordpress.com/?s=nibiru

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Oregon high school student accused of planning ‘Columbine-style’ attack

We are all sick over this news as it is right here in Oregon, close to home. In fact, Albany Oregon is only 70 miles south of Portland Oregon. We are about 300 miles south of Portland.

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ALBANY, Ore. (KPTV) — A West Albany High School student is accused of planning a “Columbine-style” attack on his classmates.

Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson announced that 17-year-old Grant Acord will be charged as an adult. He will face a charge of attempted aggravated murder. Prosecutors said he had a plan that included a date.

Haroldson said Acord had “plans checklists, diagrams, inspirations, sources and a focus on recreating the model of Columbine, with adjustments that would make it more successful.”

On April 20, 1999, two heavily armed senior students at Columbine High School in Colorado killed 12 of their classmates and one teacher at the school before committing suicide.

According to Haroldson, police found at least six homemade bombs and bomb-making materials hidden in a secret compartment in Acord’s bedroom at his mother’s house on Northwest Raymond Court in Albany, which is…

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What Is It About Cat Videos???

OK. I know. There is this irresistible cuteness that you just can’t take your eyes off of. Agreed. In a world of collapsing morals, dollars, governments, societies and bridges, cats just keep on blithely being cats. Beloved they are by their owners, and they know it.

It hit me like a ton of bricks today that I could make about 100 times the income I get from Ebay or affiliate ads by just making videos of my cat and posting them to YT. But then we talked it over and the little Diva declined. She values her privacy and if she could not dine on fresh salmon cakes and catnip sake in the back of a white limo, she just wasn’t interested. We agreed between the two of us that she would not get too jealous if I posted the autobiographical “day in the life” of an Asian cat she likes alot instead.

He’s making his owner ALOT of money, but he seems oblivious to that fact. Here’s a day in his charmed and oh so relaxed yet kitty-kat curious life:

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RT: Challenging Monsanto: 200,000 in 40 countries to rally against GMO

2012: What's the 'real' truth?

Published time: May 24, 2013 09:51

Protesters against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) are chained to a vehicle as they block a delivery entrance to a Monsanto seed distribution facility in Oxnard, California (Reuters / Mario Anzuoni)

Protesters against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) are chained to a vehicle as they block a delivery entrance to a Monsanto seed distribution facility in Oxnard, California (Reuters / Mario Anzuoni)

Activists around the world are gearing up for a weekend of rallies to protest Monsanto, the biotechnology giant accused of genetically engineering agriculture and food while turning a blind eye to their potentially deadly health ramifications.

Organized by the ‘March Against Monsanto’ movement, an estimated 200,000 activists will participate in the massive campaign spanning six continents, 40 nations, and at least 48 US states.

Angered by the lack of action from governments on the issue, activists in hundreds of cities – including New York, Chicago, Montreal, Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Moscow and Melbourne – will stage coordinated protests against Monsanto and demand a ban on Genetically Engineered and Genetically Modified Organisms (GE/GMOs).

Initially a small, grassroots event…

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