Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Carolyn Porco, Ph.D.

Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPS)

In the Promised Land: Cassini Explores the Saturn System

Monday, March 3, 2008
Pacific Forum – 10:00 a.m.

After a seven year development to launch, and another seven years en-route around and across the solar system, NASA's Cassini spacecraft, carrying the European-built Huygens probe, finally arrived in the Saturn system, tens times farther from the Sun than the Earth. Its successful entry into orbit in the summer of 2004, the mythic landing of Huygens on the cold, dark equatorial plains of Saturn's largest moon Titan in early 2005, and Cassini's continued explorations of the Saturnian environment since then are the stuff of legend. What they have shown us thus far, and the spellbinding images they have collected, are being closely examined in the pursuit of precise scientific information on the nature of this very alien planetary system.

This presentation will highlight the most scientifically arresting discoveries made thus far by this flagship mission of the American and European planetary exploration programs.


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