Friday, September 15, 2017
The Sad End of a Great Space Adventure
Early this morning, about 1.2 billion kilometres away from Earth, an amazing 20-year voyage came to a sudden end.
When the Cassini spacecraft crashed into Saturn.
And I must admit that when it did, I found myself moved beyond belief.
For I watched the live feed from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as some of the scientists who had guided it for so long now guided it to its destruction.
I knew how hard it must have been for them.
I saw how the spacecraft struggled desperately to keep its antenna pointed towards Earth.
Until it couldn't any longer.
And the end finally came.
And it became part of the planet it had studied for so long.
But what a magnificent journey it was, how awe inspiring are these pictures
You know, when you look at life on Earth, you might think that we are still hairy apes clubbing ourselves to death.
And destroying the only home we have.
So I'm sorry we couldn't bring Cassini back, and put it on a pedestal, so that we might reminded that we are capable of great things.
And how small and lonely is our planet.
My congratulations to all the scientists and technicians who made that great voyage possible.
And well done little space explorer, you will not be forgotten...