“The Grand Finale”: Views at Inert Nature

Just over a week ago, on September 15, 2017 at 13:55 Spanish time, the last sigh of information was received from an artificial object that had been in constant fall for almost 20 years. The last whereabouts of this object is at an average distance of 9.58 astronomical units, that is, 9.58 times the distance between the earth and the sun: about 1,400 million kilometers, or 80 minutes to travel from one point to another at the speed of light.

This object began the state of eternal free fall on October 15, 1997. This object was the Cassini probe.

On the occasion of this event, this week we decided to raise our eyes to the immensity of space, and we try to know and remember the multiple sources of inspiration -and knowledge- that we have obtained throughout all these years since the Soviet Union began this new stage in the history of humanity with the setting in orbit of Sputnik 1, in 1957.

To do so, we will begin by observing images of the main discoveries that the Cassini probe has given us throughout its almost 20 years of life, before the mission “The Grand Finale” put the ground to its fall. Then, we will continue with other missions in which, little by little, we will return to Earth. Like that inert sigh of information, which like an immaterial soul, traveled for 80 minutes and without body, until it ended up being extinguished on our planet.

Inert nature

“False color” image showing a large storm in the upper layers of Saturn’s atmosphere. Discoverer: Cassini, 2010-2011.


Image of the vertical structures in the outer zones of Saturn’s rings, dismissing the idea that these rings are contained exclusively in the same plane. Discoverer: Cassini, 2010.


“False color” image taken in the nocturnal part of Saturn’s orbit. Discoverer: Cassini, 2006.


Image where dust is observed inside the craters, forming these black spots on the surface of Iapetus, one of Saturn’s moons. Descubridora: Cassini, 2007.


“False color” image of a storm moving in the upper layers of Jupiter’s atmosphere. Discoverer: Juno, 2017.


“False color” image of Jupiter and its moon Io. Discoverer: New Horizons, 2007.


“False color” image of Pluto. Discoverer: New Horizons, 2015.


Image in “false color” of the surface of the Martian South Pole.  Discoverer: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, 2017.


Image of the Martian surface. In it you can see a series of dunes with snow on them. Discoverer: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, 2017.


Image of the drawings produced by the gas that remains under the frozen surface of the Martian south pole. These are created as the gas finds its way up to the surface. Discoverer: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, 2017.


Image of the Martian surface. Discoverer: Curiosity, 2015.


Image of the Earth from the Moon. Discoverer: Apollo 8, 1968.


Image of the Daedalus crater on the lunar surface. Discoverer: Apollo 11, 1969.


Image of the aurora borealis on the earth. Discoverer: International Space Station, 2017.


Image of the great barrier reef near the Whitsunday Islands. Discoverer: International Space Station, 2015.


Image of Paris at night. Discoverer: International Space Station, 2015.


Image of the Venice lagoon. Discoverer: International Space Station, 2017.


Image of the column of smoke produced by the Shiveluch volcano, in Russia. Discoverer: International Space Station, 2017.



2. Set of all that exists and that is determined and harmonized in its own laws.


Last image of the earth taken by the Cassini probe from Saturn, before completing the mission “The Grand Finale”, where it would crash into the atmosphere of the gas giant, as if it were a meteorite. Discoverer: Cassini, 2017.

Nature is as beautiful as it is logical at each of its different scales. Let us admire the infinite landscape from which we can learn. Let’s squint to try to discover those little nuances that will help us to understand the reasons of being of the objects. Let’s be inspired by infinity.

We hope you have enjoyed this more graphic entry. We are sure that you also enjoy references that inspire you in your moments of greater or lesser creativity. Whether they are images of the cosmic scale, of the atomic scale, or of the human scale, would you like to share with us what those references are?

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