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?

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

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    $\begingroup$ Oh! and those are rings on it's head, got it. That was 15-Sep-2017, just over a year ago. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Commented Oct 30, 2018 at 7:09
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    $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 30, 2018 at 17:23
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    $\begingroup$ 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..) $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 30, 2018 at 17:35
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    $\begingroup$ @MagicOctopusUrn the ring looks a bit like a sombrero. The worms' colours remind of the Mexican flag. Coincidence? $\endgroup$
    – IMil
    Commented Oct 31, 2018 at 0:47
  • $\begingroup$ @IMil: Bow to the might of Mexican Saturn! $\endgroup$
    – Vikki
    Commented Nov 15, 2019 at 0:56

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