Cassini: A Look Back and a Fond Farewell

SETI Talks

Tags: SETI Talks, Cassini, Saturn, Planetary Exploration, Outreach

Time: Thursday, Sep 28, 2017 -

Location: SRI International, 333 Ravenswood Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Presented by the SETI Institute and SRI, the next SETI Talks will feature SETI Institute scientist Matt Tiscareno.  Matt has been working on Cassini since 2004, studying Saturn’s rings using images from the main camera.  In the past few years, Matt took a leading role in planning Cassini’s close-up images of Saturn’s rings during the Ring Grazing Orbits and the Grand Finale. 

On September 15, 2017 Cassini ended its 20-year mission with a dramatic plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere. Cassini spent 13 years in orbit around Saturn and as a result we have amassed a wealth of knowledge about Saturn, its rings, moons and weather. We know that at least two of its moons, Titan and Enceladus have the potential for life.

Cassini’s Grand Finale included 20 close flybys off the outer edge of Saturn’s rings and 22 passes between the rings and the cloud-tops of the planet. New images and data from Cassini are providing deeper understanding of Saturn than ever before.

Join us to hear Matt’s insights about what we’ve learned, what has inspired us, and what we might still learn from data and images sent from Cassini.

There is no charge to attend this event, but registration is required.