Out of the Blue

I'm excited to watch some football today. There is a bit of a complication, as there is a birthday party for our friends the twins, who I've mentioned and shown off in the past. The good news is that it turns out the party begins about now (so we need to get a move on), so there will be time for couch potatoing later. The 11:00 am call for guests seemed a little unusual, at first, but it makes a lot of sense for a pair of four-year-olds.

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Kxmode wrote on Sep 11, 2017, 18:04:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 11, 2017, 06:14:
Saturn's gravity at surface is less than Earth due to it being so much less dense. So the gravity well is a non issue. Pressure is also a non issue. Cassini is not designed for reentry and will be destroyed by heat as soon as it breaches the mesosphere. When you hit atmo at 50k mph, you heat up several thousand degrees. This is a problem even on planets with almost no atmo like Mars. Cassini can't take the heat and will be destroyed before pressure has exceeded 0.1 atmo. It will never get far enough to experience 10 or 20 Atmos of pressure in Saturn's lower atmosphere.

Cool beans. Let us hope before it goes out in a blaze of glory it gets plenty of photos.
jdreyer wrote on Sep 10, 2017, 15:02:
How to steer a spacecraft into Saturn

I can't wait to see these pics. Incredible.
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