CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Sector 6

We Came. We Saw. It's Done.
09-20-2017  19:19:55

A longtime friend builds custom Dobsonian telescopes and motorized equatorial platforms for clients all over the world. We observed Saturn on his personal telescope recently (32" mirror, high up in the Sierra Nevada foothills, on a clear night with exceptionally stable viewing conditions). Amazing views — although nothing close to the stunning images Cassini sent to Earth.

Anyway, it occurs to me that with Cassini gone (and by extension, a human presence), Saturn seems more distant; maybe even a little lonely.

Kudos and heartfelt thanks to everyone who made the Cassini mission possible. Well done. Mission accomplished. Humankind will always remember these pioneering steps into the Universe beyond our little blue dot. In troubled times, it's good to know that our species is capable of wonder — and wonderful accomplishments.