Tough night. As they say, let’s not be sad because she’s leaving us, let’s be joyful because of all she showed us and taught us.
And when you’ve sworn that you’re going to put on your big boy pants and make it through the vigil, you get this thread:
Then of course you have to watch the Cassini “Grand Finale” video:
Tomorrow, maybe it would be a good thing to start working a little harder to try to figure out how to get the powers that be in Washington to fund the next mission to Saturn. Maybe a Titan explorer, a boat to sail those methane seas or a balloon to soar over those petrocarbon pinnacles. Or an Enceladus orbiter to taste the plumes coming out of the polar tiger stripes.
But for tonight, hail and farewell Cassini. You will always be Queen of the ringed planet in our hearts.