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Cassini Mission Update From Project Scientist Linda Spilker

Cassini-Huygens at Saturn

Air Date: 11/18/2014
Run Time: 28:50

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  • Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Topics: Rosetta and Philae, Cassini, comets, mission status, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Planetary Radio, Saturn's moons, Saturn, Bill Nye, Saturn's rings

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Cassini is safe! Project scientist Linda Spilker returns with a regular update on Saturn, its moons and rings not long after learning that the mission is funded through its 2017 plunge into the planet. Emily Lakdawalla was in the ESA control room as Philae died. She reports on this spectacular mission. Bill Nye shares his inspiring reflections on Philae as he compliments the nations behind it. Where would you go if you had warp drive? Hear what fellow listeners told us, and prepare to enter yet another What’s Up space trivia contest with Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan.

Saturn's rings from Cassini

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Saturn's rings from Cassini

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Trivia Contest

This week's prizes are beautiful and informative 2015 Year in Space wall and desk calendars.

This week's question:

What is the approximate mass of the Philae lander? Hint: It’s more than an ant.

To submit your answer:

Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at no later than Tuesday, November 25, at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

When did the French Guiana Space Centre become operational?


The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

If you had warp drive, where in the universe would you go, and why would you go there? Funniest or most awe-inspiring entries will win.


Three entrants won prizes from “Interstellar” for telling us where they would go if they had warp drive!


No trivia contest spoilers please!

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