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RunOnSmoothFrozenIce633 karma

Congrats on the successful landing and the incredible video! Are the up cameras on the rover still operational? Are there any plans to use them? (To an amateur astronomer they look like they could be a great sky cam!)

I'll also give a shout out for the Huygens lander which captured some decent video on it's way down to Titan :)

RunOnSmoothFrozenIce134 karma

Thank you! And that's amazing I totally missed that camera but I'll definitely keep an eye out for the images! And I can't wait to see how they'll look on our planetarium dome 😍 (I already know the EDL video is going to be totes amazeballs)

Edit: for anyone looking to learn more about it, there's a pdf of a poster presentation available here: https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2020/eposter/2282.pdf

RunOnSmoothFrozenIce26 karma

Haha, yeah, I might have shouted a bit because I love Cassini a lot but I also understand answering public questions live and not remembering literally every space mission ever so I just hope someone else gets introduced to the landing with the video I linked.

And as I'm writing this I'm thinking... didn't we get a touchdown sequence from OSIRIS-REx / Bennu?

Edit: touchdown is more appropriately "TAG" or "touch and go" to match with the equipment used, the TAGSAM "Touch-and-Go-Sample-Acquisition-Mechanism"

RunOnSmoothFrozenIce2 karma

Eh, what is a video but a series of still images played in order? 😂