NSN Webinar: Cassini End of Mission

NSN Webinar: Cassini End of Mission

  • Nighttime Event
  • Inside Venue
  • Target Audience
  • Teen, Adult
Images: NASA, JPL

NSN members joined us on Wednesday, September 20 when Trina Ray from NASA's JPL will update us on the end of the Cassini mission to Saturn. 

Cassini’s Grand Finale: The end of a fantastic mission. The international Cassini-Huygens spacecraft was launched on October 15, 1997 and had a marathon 7-year 2-billion-mile journey to the distant planet Saturn. The 23-foot tall, 14-foot wide, 6-ton spacecraft is the largest most sophisticated outer planet spacecraft ever built, and is at the end of its thirteenth year of operation in orbit around the planet Saturn. This talk will briefly cover an overview of the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn, but will focus on the exciting Grand Finale (the last 22 orbits of the mission where the spacecraft has been flying inside the rings – right over Saturn’s cloud tops). We’ll talk about what happened during the Cassini Grand Finale.

About Trina Ray:

Trina Ray received a B.S. in physics/astronomy option from Cal State Northridge and her master's degree in astronomy from San Diego State University. She has held many positions on Cassini during her 21 years on the mission, including instrument operations engineer, science system engineer, and currently as Cassini's Science Planning and Sequencing Team deputy and the Titan Orbiter Science Team co-chair. She was one of the key strategic planners of the Grand Finale Mission.

Last Updated: September 2017

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NSN Webinar: Cassini End of Mission

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