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In Loving Memory of the Cassini Spacecraft (And our BG61 Crystal) 1997-2017

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Sep 20, 2017 10:51:19 AM

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The Cassini Spacecraft, 20, of NASA died on Friday, September the 15th of 2017 while passing through Saturn's fierce atmosphere on the way to it's mysterious surface.

Cassini housed one of our very own BG61 crystals that will also be missed by many here at the factory, as well as the many earthlings who witnessed the astonishing photos, video, and data that the space craft transmitted back to earth. 

During the amazing 17 years of orbiting Saturn and its moons, Cassini was able to capture stunning photos and video of Saturn's mysterious lands, moons, and rings like our world has never seen before. 

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Cassini's Final Days

Cassini and the BG61 crystal pushed their limits even further during the mission's grand finale. To protect Saturn's moons from contamination in future missions, NASA decided to safely dispose of the spacecraft in a plunge between Saturn and it's rings. The spacecraft then disintegrated while traveling through Saturn's atmosphere. Cassini continued to collect data for as long as possible throughout the finale.

During the finale, the brave Cassini was able to capture amazing data including detailed maps of Saturn's gravity and magnetic fields, how much material is in the rings, icy ring particle samples, and ultra-close images of Saturn's rings and clouds. 

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Cassini is proceeded by the Mars Pathfinder and International Space Station (ISS), both making additional use of our high performance space crystals.

Cassini is survived by the New Horizons Spacecraft that is still traveling further and further away from our solar system. Our crystal on New Horizons enabled the spacecraft to send us stunning images of Pluto. New Horizons was recently tasked with a brand new, mysterious mission that may reveal the building blocks of our solar system. 

R.I.P Cassini and BG61. You will be greatly missed. 


In memoriam (Que sad/inspiring music)...

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Images courtesy of NASA.

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