Why Saturn, What Big Rings You Have!

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Whoa Cassini!

From NASA.gov :

The Cassini spacecraft surveys Saturn’s outstretched ring system in the infrared from a vantage point high above the planet’s northern latitudes. Nearly the full expanse of the main rings is visible here — from the C ring to the outer edge of the A ring (in the upper left corner).

Ring shadows are visible on the planet at lower left, and two large storms swirl near center.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 52 degrees above the ringplane.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera using a combination of spectral filters sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 752 (red channel), 890 (blue channel) and 728 (green channel) nanometers. The view was acquired on April 5, 2007 at a distance of approximately 1.4 million kilometers (900,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 81 kilometers (51 miles) per pixel.

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NASA.gov :

Soft hues, partially lit orbs, a thin trace of the ring and slight shadows highlight this understated view of the majestic surroundings of the giant planet Saturn. Looking nearly back toward the sun, the Cassini spacecraft captured the crescent phases of Saturn and its moon Rhea in color a few months ago.

As striking as the above image is, it is but a single frame from a recently released 60-frame silent movie where Rhea can be seen gliding in front of its parent world. Since Cassini was nearly in the plane of Saturn’s rings, the normally impressive rings are visible here only as a thin line across the image center. Cassini has now passed the official half-way mark of its mission around Saturn, but is well situated to complete another two years investigating this complex and surprising system.

I wrote earlier about the soon-to-be possibility of exploring the universe from your desktop.

This isn’t quite the same, but…it’s as close as most of us will ever get to our Neighbors.

Neverthless, feeling a little Martian?

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Meet the new Sky by Saturn. Sexy isn’t she?

But Maybe you want something with a little more Ring?

0 to 60 in 5.5 seconds? It’ll get you to Saturn in no time. 😉

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The Sky Redline. Sexxxxxxxxy!

 (limited edition)

“Baby, you can drive my car
yes, I’m gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I’ll love you”
(wink)

Thanks to Dad for the NASA pics.

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Labor Unions and the “Me” Factor

I’m not a big fan of Labor Unions. They used to be a necessity but times have changed.

Daimler Chrysler (and the maker of my car; below) has just announced that Cerberus, a Private Equity Firm, will buy 80% of Chrysler for a small 7.4 Billion (pronounced Beeeell-yon) D’u’llers! I Guess the Germans couldn’t save Chrysler either.

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(2007 Dodge Caliber R/T- I LOVE MY FREAKIN’ CAR)

Why has Chrysler become such a failure, the number one reason is High Labor Costs/Healthcare.

It’s a huge risk for Cerberus because it has agreed to take on Chrysler’s estimated $19 billion in retiree health care costs. Chrysler’s U.S. pension obligation is overfunded at present, the company has said.

I’m not a fan of Socialism but (the big but), it seems to me that the reason Chrysler is being sold off is because of the Labor Unions. Therefore, you would think they would want to…compromise a little more. Instead, they are watching them slide down the slippery slope…not even willing to throw a rope.

They were trying to stop the sale. They’d rather the company go down in flames then cut their pay. Not that I think they deserve less but something has to give.

Sales are down, the Japanese Automakers are kicking our collective American cars asssss….errr Bumpers.

Now I realize, the Unions aren’t the only ones to blame. Car design, innovation, hybrids, economy.. was lagging far behind the competitors. Nevertheless, Changes are being made in that direction, but obviously more needs to be done.

I guess time will tell.

For now, it’s sold and…pending Board approval, a new name: Daimler AG