April 9, 2014

Astronomer Talks Saturn Space Mission

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By SLOANE GRINSPOON

Astronomer Carolyn Porco, director of NASA’s Cassini Imaging Laboratory for Operations, spoke about her work with the Cassini space mission Wednesday.

The Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting Saturn for the past 10 years, collecting data and taking images of the planet, according to Porco. After over two years of travel, in July 2004, the unmanned spacecraft entered into orbit around Saturn.

“Cassini, as I speak, continues to orbit Saturn,” Porco said. “When it is all done, I think it will go down as one of the most scientifically productive missions that NASA has ever conducted.”

In a lecture titled “A Decade at Saturn,” astronomer Carolyn Porco spoke about the planet’s iconic rings and moons. (Alex Hernandez / Sun Staff Photographer)

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