22
$\begingroup$

The Mashable.com article No one carves a Halloween pumpkin like NASA engineers shows several interesting examples.

But this one I can't figure out. The caption reads only.

Om nom nom.

Question: Can someone identify this celestial object and the spacecraft it is eating?

enter image description here

above: IMAGE: NASA/JPL-CALTECH, Source

$\endgroup$
42
$\begingroup$

That's Saturn eating Cassini (remember Cassini's entry into Saturn's atmosphere at the end of its mission).

$\endgroup$
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ Oh! and those are rings on it's head, got it. That was 15-Sep-2017, just over a year ago. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Oct 30 '18 at 7:09
  • $\begingroup$ Are the gummy worms supposed to be satellite blood? Or what are those? Kind of looks like a goatee. I figure they have a purpose. $\endgroup$ – Magic Octopus Urn Oct 30 '18 at 17:23
  • 5
    $\begingroup$ A coarse attempt at the north polar hexagon? (Sure, it's in the wrong place relative to the ring, but the ring's in the wrong place, too..) $\endgroup$ – Camille Goudeseune Oct 30 '18 at 17:35
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ @MagicOctopusUrn the ring looks a bit like a sombrero. The worms' colours remind of the Mexican flag. Coincidence? $\endgroup$ – IMil Oct 31 '18 at 0:47

Your Answer

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.