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Eulogy for Cassini

Farewell to a faithful explorer.

An artist's interpretation of Cassini diving towards Saturn.


We thought we knew what it looked like, the planet with the broad, striped belt. We scribbled it onto construction paper with crayons and magic markers; built models of it out of styrofoam balls and cheap paint in primary colors. It was our favorite, instantly distinct and distinguished from all the other plain, unadorned worlds.

Then a series of

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