Out on Thursday (about 3pm AEST): Astrophiz 43 – Vale Cassini
One of 30 very lucky Astrogeeks, Brendan was a guest of the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex on Friday 15 September 2017 to witness first hand the #GrandFinale of the astonishing 20 year Cassini Mission to Saturn.
In this episode:
With permission, we read Andrew Street’s great article published in the Guardian the next day.
Then I discuss with Dr Ian Musgrave my awed impressions of my night at Tidbinbilla CDSCC as a guest of CSIRO/NASA, and my new understanding of the importance and capabilities of the 3 NASA/JPL Deep Space Network earth stations at Goldstone USA, Madrid Spain and Tidbinbilla Australia.
For observers and astrophotographers, Ian continues with ‘What’s Up Doc’ and tells us when, where and what to look for in morning and evening skies. In Ian’s Tangent, Ian helps us understand why the end of the Cassini Mission was such an emotional event compared with other famous missions.