An international mission to explore, in depth, the Saturnian system –the planet Saturn and its magnetosphere, glorious rings, and many moons- begun over 27 years ago. After seven years of development, the Cassini spacecraft was launched in 1997, spent seven years trekking to Saturn, and finally entered Saturn orbit in the summer of 2004. In the course of its 13 years orbiting this ring world, Cassini returned over 450 thousand images, 635GB of data, and invaluable insights on the solar system’s most splendid and scientifically rich planetary system.
In this lecture, Carolyn Porco, the leader of the imaging science team on NASA's Cassini mission, will delight her audience with a retrospective look at what has been learned from this profoundly successful mission and what its final legacy is likely to be.
This keynote lecture will be followed by the screening of the movie Star Trek and will be presented by Carolyn Porco.
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Over the past 40 years, Dr. Carolyn Porco has led various explorations of the outer solar system. Her research focused on the planetary rings encircling the giant planets and the interactions between rings and orbiting moons. She led the imaging science team on the Cassini mission in orbit around Saturn. She is also popular for her public speaking engagement (i.e. TED 2007 and 2009 as well as PopTech 2005 and 2006) mostly presenting about the Cassini mission and more generally the planetary exploration.
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