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#tbt: Two Cassini artifacts and a Message to Voyager [20170824|10:06]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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It is now just over three weeks until Cassini plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere and the mission (but not the Project) comes to an end. I grow a little sentimental.

This is the flight spare of Cassini’s fluxgate magnetometer sensor, which will live on. We use it for command simulations on the ground.

This is a 1:25 scale model of the Cassini spacecraft, with the Huygens probe attached to its side. It includes the magnetometer boom, which is hidden in this view. These were distributed to the payload teams. It's been in our group longer than I have (>11 years).

I recently ordered a big perspex display box for the model, so we can have it on show at the upcoming Imperial Fringe festival, post-mission-end. I’ll be giving a talk at the Farewell to Cassini exhibit. Details to follow (on the Londoners filter) when they’re confirmed and the web site for event registration is live.

This is a screenshot of NASA Eyes on the DSN that I took on 4 August. DSS-14 at Goldstone (the antenna in white on the left) is receiving data from Voyager 1 (spacecraft shown on the right). I accompanied this with “We’re still listening” on [instagram.com profile] magnetometrist on Instagram.

NASA has a poll, open until Tuesday 29 August, to choose a 60-character-or-less #MessagetoVoyager, to be sent on 5 September. If you want to vote on a message, go here.

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From: alice_mccoy
2017-08-25 19:34 (UTC)
Clive's immediate suggestion..."you forgot your sandwiches". :) Weird.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2017-08-29 13:30 (UTC)
...Those sandwiches would probably be covering half the surface of the Earth if they'd been left alone that long.
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[User Picture]From: ravengirl
2017-08-26 09:34 (UTC)
It's so incredible to see and hear these things! You're like, the coolest. lol No, really. Thank you for sharing this.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2017-08-29 13:30 (UTC)
Heh, I'm glad you enjoyed them. Thanks!
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