In 1997, I was starting my third year of grad school. My girlfriend at the time watched the launch with me and we wondered where we would be in the seemingly endless six years between launch and arrival at Saturn. Here we are, 19 years later. I’m still friends with the ex-girlfriend. I’m plus a wife, two kids and minus a gallbladder. And Cassini was sent to plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere after one of the most successful missions in human history.
Fare thee well, Cassini. You did us all proud.