Today, I heard a radio piece about this, which led to me browse this, which led me to write this:
Early in the second year of my career as teacher,
NASA coincidentally launched the Cassini orbiter.
By the time that spacecraft reached Saturn seven years later,
I had relocated west, discovering myself to be a mountain creature.
For 13 lucky years, Cassini became one more ringèd feature,
of that remote planet, its moons pocked by countless craters.
Just shy of a 20th anniversary, Cassini's to be an atmospheric breacher,
disintegrating harmlessly (in theory), not unlike some careers.