Goodbye Cassini: Saturn spacecraft gets funny opera send-off


Goodbye Cassini: Saturn spacecraft gets funny opera send-off
  1. Goodbye Cassini: Saturn spacecraft gets funny opera send-off
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    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is getting a grand but hilarious opera send-off before it plunges through Saturn’s atmosphere and vaporizes Friday. An actor from TV’s old “Star Trek: Voyager” series, Robert Picardo, says he dashed off the lyrics in about a minute, several weeks ago. He collaborated with the creative director […
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is getting a grand but hilarious opera send-off before it plunges through Saturn’s atmosphere and vaporizes Friday.

An actor from TV’s old “Star Trek: Voyager” series, Robert Picardo, says he dashed off the lyrics in about a minute, several weeks ago. He collaborated with the creative director of the Planetary Society, and, presto, “Le Cassini Opera” was born.

Picardo set the words to the instantly recognizable aria “La Donna e mobile” from Verdi’s “Rigoletto.”

While Cassini’s 20-year mission has been “a serious success,” according to Picardo, the o…

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    09.22 / 02:53 newsy.com
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