Cassini spacecraft’s amazing photos of Saturn, rings & moons

The spacecraft Cassini is pictured above Saturn's northern hemisphere prior to making one of its Grand Finale dives in this NASA handout illustration obtained by Reuters, in this August 29, 2017 photo. (Reuters)
Updated 13 September 2017
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Cassini spacecraft’s amazing photos of Saturn, rings & moons

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida: Until Cassini’s arrival at Saturn in 2004, humanity had never viewed Saturn up close and personal.
In all, Cassini has provided more than 453,000 pictures of the Saturn, its rings and moons. The final snapshots will be coming down hours before the spacecraft’s fiery finish on Friday. Cassini will burn up like a meteor in Saturn’s sky.
“These final images are sort of like taking a last look around your house or apartment just before you move out,” said project scientist Linda Spilker of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “You walk around the downstairs, as you go upstairs, you run your fingers along the banister, you look at your old room and memories across the years come flooding back.
“And in the same way, Cassini is taking a last look around the Saturn system, Cassini’s home for the last 13 years. And with those pictures come heartwarming memories.”
The final targets — all repeats — include big moon Titan and little moon Enceladus, one or both of them potentially harboring life; tiny moonlets embedded in Saturn’s rings; and one final color montage of Saturn and its rings.
No photos will be taken during Cassini’s final plunge through Saturn’s atmosphere. Instead, scientific instruments will sample the atmosphere and send back the data until the spacecraft goes out of control and its antenna no longer points toward Earth.
Telescopes on the ground — nearly a billion miles away — will attempt to capture the cosmic flash. But nothing will be close enough to fully record Cassini’s demise.


App Watch: Porsche app helps drivers with charging

Updated 18 June 2018
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App Watch: Porsche app helps drivers with charging

With the “Porsche Charging Service,” the sports car manufacturer has a digital platform to encompass all aspects of the charging process.

It searches for suitable charging stations and uses centrally stored data to handle the payment process – across multiple countries and currencies.

Information about the location and availability of stations, as well as the cost of charging a vehicle, are available in real time via the app.

The charging service is currently available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland.

The service will gradually expand to include other countries from the end of 2018, Porsche said.