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Farewell Cassini, Hello Bicycle Race

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 4:25 PM
  • Listening to: I Want You to Want Me - Cheap Trick
  • Reading: Various fanfics
  • Watching: Stargate SG-1, MacGyver
  • Playing: Pokémon GO (Go Team Valour!)
  • Eating: Cookies dipped in choc.spread 'cause I AM AN ADULT
  • Drinking: Water
Anybody else watch the live broadcast of Cassini's Grand Finale? It was stupid early in most of North America, but at a decent time over in Europe. I had NASA's live feed playing on my tablet while at work so I could follow along. I can still sort of remember when it launched way back in '97, and when it entered orbit in '04, and the hullabaloo of amazement when the Huygens probe made it down to the surface of Titan and sent back fascinating photos (well, everything about space is fascinating, but those photos were especially so).


NASA has a free ebook of some of the image highlights over here. And a bunch more of other free ebooks on a whole lot of different space-related topics, if you're looking for a bit of reading. I may have downloaded quite a lot of them, as if I didn't already have enough in my to-read pile.

This shot here is probably always going to be one of my faves: Name of Image
If I did the code correctly, clicking on that photo should take you to the full resolution version on the NASA website, all 9000x3500 glorious pixels of it. (The teeny lil' bright blue-white dot below the rings to the right is Earth.)

So that covers the first part of the Journal title.



The second part? Ooohhh, the second part.

That alludes to Bergen being this year's host city of the UCI Road World Championships (of course they would set their intro video to Grieg's I Dovregubbens Hall). A whole week of bicycle racing around the city. Yay for those sweet tourism dollars, but boo for vehicular chaos and trashed commutes for everyone who actually lives here.

No one I know here is very thrilled with this. A lot of them are planning to avoid the downtown area as much as possible for the duration of the event.

Overall I don't have it too bad since I live in the downtown core and can walk everywhere I need to go like usual, but having traffic rerouted and weird crossings during the races is still going to mess up my travels to and from work in some way, I'm sure. Still have it easier than my boss and my not-so-central friends, who can't drive in because of closed roads, and need to plan around altered bus/light-rail schedules. Not to mention the scads of tourists all over the place.

If someone somewhere does not broadcast Queen's "Bicycle Race" at least once during this whole shebang, I will be disappointed.




Saturn/Cassini-Huygens art feature for reasons that should be obvious:


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B-BK Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This was an awesome mission, hope we'll launch another probe aroud Saturn at least in the next few decades :)
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017
Same here. Titan and Enceladus alone merit probes of their own. At least we have a bunch of cool Jupiter stuff courtesy of Juno to tide us over for now.
Jupiter Gas Giant [GIF Icon]
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wakwham Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017
I was just aware about Cassini's farewell last afternoon and solved to see some of the pictures, all of them amazing!! By the way, thanks for the feature. =D
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017
There have been some incredible photos, for sure. I remember some of the first things that got me interested in space when I was a small child was my dad's stash of old National Geographic magazines. The articles about space and stars and planets were always my favourites. The photos were so awe-inspiring.
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EnderChekhov Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I watched it live, and also saw a CGI reenactment on Facebook, to which hundreds of people who don't believe anything has ever been into space stormed the comment section. T_T
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017
Should launch all of them into space. Or send Buzz Aldrin to punch them. He's done it before.

I was watching a broadcast on the hurricanes slamming the south Atlantic, and there was a live comment feed next to it. First comment I saw after it finished loading was someone spewing a bunch of slurs for various ethnic/religious groups and how they're all terrible people and it was just a big load of wat. :wutplx: Dude, it's a news report about a hurricane; the only thing it has to do with Mexicans is how many of them are about to have their day completely ruined. But then it was a YouTube comment feed, so one really shouldn't expect much, I suppose.
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EnderChekhov Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh I need to see that Buzz Aldrin video again. That conspiracy nut was asking for it. But yeah, Youtube and Facebook are the worst when it comes to creeps, racists, and casual sexism in the comment section.
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