NSN Webinar: Surprises at Saturn: Cassini Mission Highlights

NSN Webinar: Surprises at Saturn: Cassini Mission Highlights

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  • Nighttime Event
  • Inside Venue
  • Target Audience
  • Teen, Adult
Night Sky Network members joined us on for a video webinar on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, to learn more about the Cassini mission, and what is in store for the last year of its mission to Saturn. The video recording is listed below and is also available on our YouTube page..

The Cassini mission has revolutionized our understanding of Saturn, its complex rings, the amazing assortment of moons and the planet’s dynamic magnetic environment. The robotic spacecraft arrived at Saturn in 2004 after a 7-year flight from Earth, dropped a parachuted probe to study the atmosphere and surface of Saturn’s big moon Titan, and commenced making astonishing discoveries that continue today. Key discoveries include icy jets shooting from the tiny moon Enceladus from a liquid water ocean beneath its icy crust, and lakes of liquid hydrocarbons and methane rain and on Saturn’s giant moon Titan. Cassini’s 12 years of findings have fundamentally altered many of our concepts of where life might be found in our solar system and beyond.
 
The Cassini mission will end in a blaze of glory in the fall of 2017, plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere at 74,000 mph rather than risk crashing into and contaminating one of Saturn’s ocean worlds. Cassini will repeatedly dive between the innermost ring and the top of Saturn’s atmosphere during its final six months. What new puzzles will Cassini solve before its fiery end?

About Linda Spilker

Dr. Linda Spilker is a NASA research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. She is currently the Cassini Project Scientist and a Co-Investigator on the Cassini Composite Infrared Spectrometer team and has worked on Cassini since 1988. Since joining JPL almost 40 years ago she has worked on the Voyager Project, the Cassini Project and conducted independent research on the origin and evolution of planetary ring systems. She also supports concept studies for new missions to the outer planets. She enjoys playing the piano, reading and hiking in National Parks, including her favorite park, Yosemite. She is married, with three daughters and five grandchildren.
 

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Webinar Recording: Surprises at Saturn: Cassini Mission Highlights

Recording of the webinar.

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