Milo Ventimiglia’s Request Denied by NASA

Like a number of people, Milo Ventimiglia is a fan of space and exploration. However, as non-scientists, we actually don’t know a whole lot about it.

Ventimiglia, who plays Jack on This Is Us, asked NASA via Twitter on Monday (May 08, 2017) to keep the Cassini spacecraft “alive” in orbit around Saturn.

NASA actually replied!

Milo is bummed, but all is good in his book.

NASA explained that during the second dive in the spacecraft’s final 22 orbits before it crashes into the planet:

“Cassini’s imaging cameras, the Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS), takes advantage of the last opportunity to observe Saturn’s rings at extremely high phase angles while the Sun is hidden behind Saturn, allowing the instrument to survey faint ringlets in the main rings, many of which are difficult to observe outside of this geometry. The ISS also collects images to produce a movie to monitor various structures in Saturn’s D ring.”

NASA: Cassini’s First Fantastic Dive Past Saturn

As NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made its first-ever dive through the gap between Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017, one of its imaging cameras took a series of rapid-fire images that were used to make this movie sequence.

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