After 20 years in space, the Cassini spacecraft is running out of fuel. In 2010, Cassini began a seven-year mission extension in which the plan was to expend all of the spacecraft’s propellant exploring Saturn and its moons. This led to the Grand Finale and ends with a plunge into the planet’s atmosphere at 6:32 a.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 15.
The spacecraft will ram through Saturn’s atmosphere at four times the speed of a re-entry vehicle entering Earth’s atmosphere, and Cassini has no heat shield. So temperatures around the spacecraft will increase by 30-to-100 times per minute, and every component of the spacecraft will disintegrate over the next couple of minutes…
Cassini’s gold-colored multi-layer insulation blankets will char and break apart, and then the spacecraft’s carbon fiber epoxy structures, such as the 11-foot (3-meter) wide high-gain antenna and the 30-foot (11-meter) long magnetometer boom, will weaken and break apart. Components mounted on the outside of the central body of the spacecraft will then break apart, followed by the leading face of the spacecraft itself.
Cross section of brain made with thousands of layers of gold leaf. Made by artist and neuroscientist Dr. Greg Dunn. Produced through a technique they call reflective microetching, the two cross-disciplinary artists track the neural choreography in the mind, creating brilliant images that glow with a metallic luminescence.The works depict a thin slice of the human brain at 22x the normal scale, each created through a combination of hand drawing, neuroscientific data, algorithmic simulation of neural circuitry, photolithography, strategic lighting design, and 1,750 sheets of 22k gold leaf.
okay but since it’s on my mind for the obvious reasons, let’s just talk about golden statue Ford for a second.
Did Bill just entomb him within a layer of gold? Or did he literally transform every cell and atom of this poor man’s body into actual gold? Was Ford conscious while he was a statue? Did he still have awareness of what was going on around him? Could he feel when Bill was picking him up or clinking him against his martini glass? Or did Ford essentially go comatose during all this?
Well, sadly there’s no answering the first question by what canon tells us, but I have a hypothesis on the second one.
I would argue that Ford was NOT conscious of what was occurring around him while a statue.
Right before he was frozen into gold, Ford was suspended in the air by Bill’s magic. Captured. The last thing Ford would have seen is the energy pouring from Bill’s eye coursing towards him.
And then when Ford is finally released, he immediately begins shouting for Bill to “let him go”- which is perhaps what he’d begun to shout immediately before being frozen- and then he pauses… confused and not knowing where he is.
“What… what is this place?” he says. Which means he’s never seen it before. Not even when Bill brought him in there. Suggesting that no, he is not conscious while a statue.
We see this again later on, when he’s frozen after begging for Bill to not torture the kids. The gold melts off him, and he has that same slightly disorientated expression.
Because just moments before for him, he was standing on a throne made of all the townsfolk and Bill was going to destroy his family and friends. Then suddenly, he’s standing on the floor of the Fearamid and everyone is free. The kids are in front of him. They’re alive. Bill is nowhere to be seen. Ford’s surprise tells me that he literally does not know how this happened and has no memory of witnessing it because he was comatose through the whole thing.
When I posted my journal replica online this weekend, I never expected it would get so many positive reactions! I’m really flattered, thank you all so much!
Now of course I promised a tutorial, so here goes. I hope I will be able to explain things well enough with the pictures I’ve taken. If you still have questions regarding the journal, feel free to ask.
For the people who haven’t seen the pictures yet, this is the journal I will try to talk you through making:
I’m putting the rest under a read more, because this post is pretty long.