Mitigating the Cassini Mission

We share with you the following contributions:

From Dr. Michio Kaku, member of the NoFlyby Site Advisory Board, Professor of Theoretical Physics, City University of New York, Co-author of "To Win a Nuclear War":
"The trajectory of the Cassini probe is very, very fine-tuned. There is no way for the Cassini probe to make it Saturn without an Earth flyby."

Nevertheless, there are ways to mitigate the mission:

"I suggest we ask the President to send Cassini into the sun, after it has performed useful scientific work by circling around Venus. That way no one gets hurt and we still do some science. The sun can easily absorb the plutonium from Cassini, although the sun itself has very little plutonium."
Dr. Kaku is one of the world's leading authorities on Einstein's Unified Field Theory and is the co-founder of string field theory.

And from Dr. William Ross McCluney, also member of the NoFlyby Site Advisory Board, Optical physicist, former employee at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and solar scientist, Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Miami, Principal Research Scientist, Florida Solar Energy Center. [Please note these are Ross McCluney's views and not necessarily those of the University of Central Florida or the Florida Solar Energy Center]:

"They could take pictures and do other science around Venus when the probe goes by there. It won't be optimized for Venus, but I'm sure they could learn a lot about its magnetic fields, get some wonderful images, including those in false-color (for scientific interest), and learn some things about the particle fields in the vicinity of Venus.

"I'm not very familiar with either the positions of the planets for the next few years, or the feasibility of this proposal, but perhaps they could swing by some other planet."

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