After nearly 13 years in orbit around Saturn, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is now preparing for its “Grand Finale.” In April of 2017, Cassini will begin a series of dives between the gas giant’s cloudtops and the inner rings—on its way to a fiery end when it burns up in Saturn’s atmosphere on September 15. As scientists prepare for a new flood of never-before-seen images, a look back at some recent (and fairly recent) images of the Saturnian system taken by Cassini.
In the early 1980s, a Voyager mission discovered a curious hexagon on Saturn’s north pole. Incredibly enough, just one side of the hexagon is 8,600 miles long, or more than Earth’s diameter. The jury is still out as to why such a shape appears on the planet, but most astronomers believe it is due to a standing-wave pattern within Saturn’s atmosphere.
It was also Voyager that discovered Saturn’s finer clouds patterns. In the upper cloud layers, temperatures are around 100-160 Kelvin, or really, really cold.
All That Is Interesting
AutomotiveNews just lately sat down at a push convention with GM’s recent CEO, Mary Barra, the place she mentioned GM doesn’t miss out on any of the brands it lately discontinued in the course of the personal bankruptcy period of 2008.
Numerous GM supporters have been mourning over the death of specific stablemates like Pontiac since that brand gave us a single of the most iconic cars of the 1960s–the GTO.
And even though numerous out there could argue that GM’s time with Saab led to the demise of the Swedish automaker, it isn’t just fairly more than but with Saab as the brand name is even now in search of ways to protected a long term.
What brands from Common Motors do you skip? How about Oldsmobile, for a throwback?