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The Grand Finale, Proximal orbits
JRehling
post Yesterday, 08:34 PM
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This juncture might be a time to remember that extended mission concepts once proposed for Cassini included going into Titan orbit or leaving Saturn orbit and journeying to Uranus. It sounded like the first was infeasible and the second simply unwise.
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post Yesterday, 11:52 PM
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Yep, I remember the idea of Cassini ending up in Titan orbit from both a Stephen Baxter novel, and some speculation on how it could be accomplished in this very forum, circa 2004! ( http://www.unmannedspaceflight.com/index.php?showtopic=559 ). I still do wonder how plausible the main antenna as a heat shield would be...
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