‘Vaporize!’ Cassini Gets Operatic Saturn Send-Off from ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ Actor

Instead of “energize,” a famous “Star Trek: Voyager” expel member has a new authority for a almost-finished Cassini goal during Saturn: “Vaporize!”


Robert Picardo, best famous for personification an “Emergency Medical Hologram” (doctor) on a TV array “Star Trek: Voyager,” belts out a classical show balance in reverence to Cassini, that will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere on Friday (Sept. 15).

Cassini has been study Saturn and a moons given 2004; some of a many discoveries embody anticipating during slightest 101 water geysers rising from a moon Enceladus and finding justification of prebiotic chemistry on a moon Titan. 

The spacecraft, that is low on fuel, will make a counsel thrust into Saturn to equivocate a tiny probability of it crashing into a potentially habitable moon, such as Enceladus. It will take measurements and broadcast them as it flies down by a atmosphere, until a vigour of a atmosphere crushes a spacecraft.

To applaud Cassini’s grant to science, space advocacy organisation The Planetary Society put together a YouTube video that in partial facilities Picardo, who is on a house of directors for a organization. “Goodbye, Cassini – your mission’s fini,” sings Robert Picardo, to a balance of of a strain “La donna è mobile” (Woman is Fickle) from a show “Rigoletto,” by a 19th-century Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.

“Bravo, Cassini! Have some linguine. You showed us Saturn’s rings and lots of flattering things,” continues Picardo, as a video shows cinema of Saturn’s rings and a geysers of Enceladus in a background.

The video also shows a discerning perspective of a Huygens lander, that Cassini carried many of a approach to Saturn’s system. Huygens overwhelmed down on a aspect of Titan in 2005. Huygens was designed to usually final a brief time on a surface, though it did produce information about Titan’s clouds and windy temperature. “Landed on Titan, it was exciting,” Picardo sings.

“Your goal never unsuccessful to surprise, dazzled a eyes,” Picardo continues, as a video turns a courtesy again to Cassini. “Now dive to Saturn — vaporize!” 

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