Revealing Saturn: Cassini Science Highlights and the Grand Finale

Presented by ANU College of Science

The Cassini mission’s findings have revolutionized our understanding of Saturn, its complex rings, the amazing assortment of moons and the planet’s dynamic magnetic environment. The robotic spacecraft arrived in 2004 after a 7-year flight from Earth, dropped a parachuted probe named Huygens to study the atmosphere and surface of Saturn’s big moon Titan, and commenced making astonishing discoveries that continue today.

Cassini’s current mission extension has led to some remarkable discoveries and more are expected when Cassini repeatedly dives between the innermost ring and the top of Saturn’s atmosphere during its final six months starting in April 2017. Late last year Cassini completed its final equatorial tour of Saturn’s icy satellites, culminating in a series of Enceladus encounters including a daring pass through the icy moon’s southern jets and plume.

What new puzzles will Cassini solve before it plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere? Come and hear the story of recent science discoveries and the upcoming excitement during the final orbits.

This Cassini flagship mission is a cooperative undertaking by NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Italian space agency (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI).

Speakers:

Dr Earl Maize - Project Manager, Cassini Mission

Dr Linda Spilker - Project Scientist, Cassini Mission

This is a FREE event and all are welcome. Please note however that tickets are strictly limited and registration is essential via https://cassini_saturn_canberra.eventbrite.com.au.

This event is proudly hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics and sponsored by the CSIRO-Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex and the Australian National University.