starstrukk wrote:...cassini space probe should have been recovered and returned to the earth for recycling
held in saturn orbit until such recovery would have been made possible ...
Held? How? By magic? Cassini had almost run out of fuel for maintaining its orbit, and used the last of it to set up its plunge into a safe spot, Saturn. And don't try to suggest it could find a stable orbit and just wait for someone to come get it. The value of its recovered alloys wouldn't amount to even 1% of the cost of such a mission.
Rob (who will now try to figure out what this silly complaint had to do with the thread it is in)