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June 15 talk is Cancelled

The Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn talk originally scheduled for June 15, 2017 has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule at a later date.

The international Cassini-Huygens spacecraft was launched on October 15, 1997 and had a marathon 13-year 2-billion mile journey to the distant planet Saturn.  The 23-foot tall, 14-foot wide, 6-ton spacecraft is the largest most sophisticated outer planet spacecraft ever built, and is in its thirteenth year of operation in orbit around the planet Saturn.  Cassini-Huygens has been returning extraordinary data about the entire Saturn system: the spectacular rings; the numerous icy satellites with a variety of unique surface features; the giant planet itself; a huge magnetosphere teeming with particles that interact with the rings and moons; and the intriguing moon Titan, which is slightly larger than the planet Mercury, and whose hazy atmosphere is denser than that of Earth.  This talk will be a quick overview of the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn, with a summary of the top science returns of its first 13 years in orbit, but really focus on an exciting preview of the upcoming end of mission on September 15, 2017.

About the Speaker
Trina Ray is a senior science systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her first and still favorite experience was working on the Voyager Neptune Encounter in August of 1989. As the co-chair of Titan Orbiter Science Team (TOST), she coordinates all the Titan science opportunities for the Cassini Mission. She is also the Deputy Science Planning and Sequencing Manager for Cassini, which is the group of folks that integrate, implement, and execute the activity plans for all the instruments on Cassini. NASA’s newest flagship mission, a mission to explore Jupiter’s icy moon Europa in the late 2020’s, has hired her as an Investigation Scientist for the ice penetrating radar instrument. Ray received her Bachelor’s degree in Physics from California State University, Northridge, and her master’s degree in Astronomy from San Diego State University, where her research specialty was Planetary Nebulae. Ray has received numerous awards, including a NASA medal for Exceptional Service and is an active public speaker for NASA and JPL.