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Cassini visits Enceladus - SpacePod 2010.11.30

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft is doing some awesome stuff today. Stay tuned to NASA's Twitter feed Space Cadets. This is going to be interesting. I'm Benjamin Higginbotham and this is your Space Pod for November 30, 2010 About a month ago, on November 2, 2010, the Cassini space craft went into 'safe mode' because the on-board computer had a messed up bit. Not a part, but an actual one and a zero. As a result the space craft was unable to process important instructions, hence 'safe mode'. This is the sixth time that has happened since it's launch in 1997. About a week ago on Nov. 24, 2010, Cassini was brought back to full operation and just in time. At 11:54 SET (Spacecraft Event Time) today, which is kind of like UTC except offset for the fact that the spacecraft is at, hmm, where is it? It's at Saturn. Cassini will pass around 48km, or 30 miles, from the surface of Enceladus, one of the moons of Saturn. During the closest part of the fly by Cassini will take gravity measurements to help understand the moon's interior structure better. You can follow all of this action on the official Cassini Twitter page at twitter.com/cassinisaturn Other great stuff has come out of this craft as well. The Cassini spacecraft has detected a very weak atmosphere, known as an exosphere, infused with oxygen and carbon dioxide around Saturn's icy moon, Rhea. Now this is the first time a spacecraft has directly captured molecules of an actual oxygen atmosphere, albeit a very thin one, of a world other than Earth. This means that active, complex chemistry involving oxygen may be quite common throughout the solar system - even our universe. It could mean that life is even more common than we think today. Now there's not enough data yet, but it's certainly an interesting find and it's right in our backyard. Now let's close this out a bit closer to home. Saturn is awesome and all but Earth is just as awesome. We have a time lapse of some amazing Aurora Borealis. Recorded over Norway, what better way to see this amazing imagery than on your HDTV and thanks to Roku, now you can. Tune in this Friday at 0200 UTC during our live show for your chance to win a Roku HD player. Now for those of you in the US, that's Thursday night at 6pm PST, 9 EST. You can only win, if you watch LIVE. Now let's end this Space Pod right.

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Posted by: spacevidcast on Dec 1, 2010

NASA's Cassini Spacecraft is doing some awesome stuff. Stay tuned to NASA's twitter feed Space Cadets, today should be interesting. I'm Benjamin Higginbotham and this is your SpacePod for November 30th, 2010.
Back on November 2nd, 2010 the Cassini spacecraft went in to safe mode when the on-board computer had a messed up bit. As a result the craft was unable to process an important instruction and that's why it went in to safe mode. This is the 6th time since its launch in 1997 that the craft has gone in to safe mode.
On November 24th, 2010 Cassini was brought back to full operations and just in time. At 11:54 UTC and during Spacecraft Event Time, Cassini will pass around 48 kilometers or 30 miles from the surface of Enceladus. During the closest part of the flyby, Cassini's will make gravity measurements to help understand the moon's interior structure better. Follow the action on the official Cassini Twitter page at twitter.com/cassinisaturn.
Other great stuff has come out of this craft as well. The Cassini spacecraft has detected a very weak atmosphere known as an exosphere, infused with oxygen and carbon dioxide around Saturn's icy moon Rhea. This is the first time a spacecraft has directly captured molecules of an oxygen atmosphere -- albeit a very thin one -- at a world other than Earth. This means that active, complex chemistry involving oxygen may be quite common throughout the solar system and even our universe and could mean life may be more common than we think. Not enough data yet, but certainly an interesting find.
Lets close this out a bit closer to home. We have some amazing time lapse of Aurora Borealis recorded over Norway. What better way to see this amazing imagery than on your HDTV, and thanks to Roku now you can! Tune in this Friday at 0200 UTC during our live show for your chance to win a Roku HD player. For those of you in the US that's Thursday night at 6:00pm PST or 9:00pm EST. You can only win if you watch live! And now lets end this space pod right.

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