Space Robot Ray Survival

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While looping back round from Iapetus, it seems that Cassini was zapped by a stray cosmic ray. The plucky robot was able to save all the precious data it had already acquired, but was unable to finish the last few items on its moon-encounter checklist.

It's a shame, but it's a piece of bad luck that would have been devastating had it happened a day or two earlier. Gorgeous images of Iapetus currently adorn the front page of the Planetary Society Blog, so make your way over there. I've just thrown up a random image from the raw archives.

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