Twenty-eight years ago, the United States and Europe joined hands and set off together on a spectacular adventure. It was a mission named Cassini that called for a long journey across the solar system and entry into orbit around the planet Saturn, followed by an in-depth, comprehensive look at everything in the Saturn system. Cassini spent 13 years in residence at Saturn. In that time, it revealed a planetary system rich in scientific wonder and splendor beyond compare. Processes at work in the early solar system have been found within Saturn’s rings. The planet itself has been a lavish source of meteorological detail, permitting comparison with the Earth’s atmosphere. And environments found on and within its moons give hope of learning the mechanisms by which life has arisen on our own planet and perhaps elsewhere in the cosmos. Carolyn Porco, the leader of Cassini’s imaging team and former imaging team member on the Voyager mission to the outer solar system, will guide us through the enchanting realm of Saturn and the mission’s most profound scientific findings, and conclude with the legacy that Cassiniand six decades of planetary exploration have left behind. Dr. Porco is currently a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley.
Sep 26, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Free and open to the public