Also, for anyone who hasn't seen it, Cassini's Twitter feed has had a ton of great content over the pat few years (@CassiniSaturn).
The six sided hexagon hurricane on the top of Saturn was the most fascinating to me, especially when they superimposed the size of earth over it saying it could "swallow 4 earths"...
As a species and as individuals we're capable of such astounding accomplishments like this; yet also capable of outstandingly in(s)ane idiocy.
How can society be arranged/evolved to encourage the former, and limit the latter?
Is such a thing possible? Desirable?
The lack of societal optimization, or even moving towards the optimal, frustrates me!
So long as the average human is just barely sapient, we aren't going to be collectively achieving much. It's always exceptional individuals who have great achievements.
Average people don't really do much. Nothing personal against being average, of course, it's just not sufficient for great achievement.
I think intelligence augmentation, such as neural lace and Neuralink, is a step in the right direction.
I suspect they'll have to spend some time analyzing the data, possibly months (I'm not really sure how long), but then it's over. What do they do? Take a long vacation and then pick up another project at NASA? Or have they been working on multiple projects this whole time, and it will be more like a developer shipping a new feature, you celebrate for a few minutes then move on to the next priority?
It's a very exciting time for planetary science, especially regarding the "Ocean Worlds" (those moons of Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune that have liquid water: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/infographics/infographic.view.php?i...).
One of particular interest is Europa Clipper (https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/europa-clipper/), although Europa is a moon of Jupiter.
I remember years ago reading about all the options they were considering, including some really ambitious ones, like moving it to another gas giant over the course of decades. But costs would be high, failure a real possibility, and fuel very low. So we got the amazing last few months of images and science. And now comes the fiery end, with some final data and no chance to accidentally crash on Enceladus or Titan.
And then I remember in 2004 hearing about its arrival, and remembering back to 7 years prior and getting excited again about learning new things about these faraway places.
Finally, in 2017, I'm excited about what new information might be obtained during the short dive into the atmosphere. It's been a good run!
I do hope it inspires the next generation (at least a couple), to see what we did, realise where we have gone wrong, and push for more exploration.
NASA's countdown with distance and updates
0 days, 21 hours, 42 minutes, and 10 seconds. That's when the world will end (for Cassini).
Belarus and Turkey don't change for daylight savings and neither does Arizona here.
The US has four "contiguous US" timezones, and two or three others for peripheral things. Not counting stuff like Zulu or the various zones that dont adjust for DST, so technically are distinct.
You are correct. I was speaking only to continental Euro/US.
This is just about as likely as CERN generating a Earth-eating black hole. RTGs can't generate a nuclear explosion.
There's always daft chatter, make sure that tinfoil is properly adjusted. Dirty engineering and physics nixing the silliness twice over in this case.
The Grand Finale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrGAQCq9BMU