Observations from NASA’s Cassini Mission have revolutionized our understanding of Saturn, its complex rings, amazing collection of moons, and magnetic environment. Uncovering the icy, active plumes on the tiny moon Enceladus, sighting moonlets embedded in the rings, imaging the vertical structure of the rings for the first time, and witnessing the eruption of Saturn’s great northern storm are only a few of the mission’s fascinating discoveries.
Continuing its journey through the end of 2017, the renamed Cassini Solstice Mission will be able to observe seasonal changes, map the north poles of the icy moons, and study the newly discovered dynamic ring phenomena. Before burning up in Saturn’s atmosphere, Cassini will travel just a few thousand kilometers above Saturn’s cloud tops. It will also fly in between the innermost D ring and the planet to explore this unique region, never before visited by any spacecraft.
Albers will present highlights from 10 years of Cassini’s exploration at Saturn and provide an overview of the spectacular final mission phase.
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