Far away from the hurly-burly, things are very peaceful.
Sourced from Phil Plait’s 10 best Cassini pix.
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A rather strange Cassini story. The bus (it carried the Huygens probe) needs drivers and NASA handles that. One of Eli’s friends is one of the drivers as well as a planetary scientist. The good news is that it pays his salary, the bad is that the European co-Is get to write more papers from the data because driving the probe takes a lot of time to figure out every move and sending a command takes over an hour to get out there. There is no opportunity for a reboot. The computer itself, of course, is now more than 20 years old, designed for operation in a high radiation environment, etc.
A very high radiation environment- if Cassini had window glass lenses, , they would have turned purple years ago.
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