And so it begins...

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smileynev

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...http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/space/10/25/space.cassini.reut/index.html

In January, Cassini is expected to drop off the Huygens probe. If it survives a parachute-assisted descent through Titan's atmosphere, Huygens is expected to transmit data for several minutes before freezing in temperatures of -290 degrees F (-179C), or sinking beneath a lake of methane.
Either we are about to create a super race of microbial based alien monsters destined to conquer our planet, or we're about to piss of a pre-existing alien race by throwing our trash on their beachfront property.

Either way I'm heading to Canada.
 

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long tall smiley said:
...http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/space/10/25/space.cassini.reut/index.html


Either we are about to create a super race of microbial based alien monsters destined to conquer our planet, or we're about to piss of a pre-existing alien race by throwing our trash on their beachfront property.

Either way I'm heading to Canada.
There is a story by Kevin Anderson where humans figure out away to turn a gas giant into a small sun. They end up killing a bunch of aliens that live at the core of gas giants. They come out pissed and start pwning humans left and right.
 
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Desslock said:
There is a story by Kevin Anderson where humans figure out away to turn a gas giant into a small sun. They end up killing a bunch of aliens that live at the core of gas giants. They come out pissed and start pwning humans left and right.
That sounds kinda familiar. Title?

Thats what those aliens get for being morons. I mean, who would be stupid enough to live in the middle of a gas giant?
 

zengirl

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This is quite interesting, I found this on cnn:

http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/space/07/01/saturn.rings/index.html

CASSINI-HUYGENS MISSION
Saturn and its moon Titan


SATURN: Planet second in size to Jupiter with a diameter of 74,898 miles (120,511 km). Seven rings of ice and rock particles with 31 known moons. Visited by Pioneer 11 (1979), Voyager 1 (1980), Voyager 2 (1981).


TITAN: Largest Saturnian moon. May harbor organic compounds similar to those predating life on Earth. Temperature is minus 290 degrees Fahrenheit.


CASSINI ORBITER: Launched Oct. 15, 1997. Spacecraft is 22 feet long and weighs 12,593 pounds (5,667 kg). Runs on nuclear power. Will orbit Saturn 76 times over four years.


HUYGENS PROBE: Spacecraft is 8.9 feet in diameter and 705 pounds (317 kg). Will be released from Cassini on Dec. 24 and enter Titan's atmosphere on Jan. 14.


MISSION COST: $3.3 billion, shared by NASA, ESA, Italian Space Agency.
I had to chuckle at the "nuclear powered" bit.