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Planetary RadioSeptember 20, 2017

Long Live Cassini!

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Special Guests
Thanasis Economou
Thanasis Economou

Senior Scientist, University of Chicago Enrico Fermi Institute

Jim Green
James Green

Director of the Planetary Science Division, NASA

John Grunsfeld
John Grunsfeld

Retired Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, NASA

Mike Kentrianakis
Mike Kentrianakis

Eclipse Project Manager, American Astronomical Society

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Emily Lakdawalla

Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society

Ralph Lorenz
Ralph Lorenz

Planetary Scientist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab

Earl Maize
Earl Maize

Cassini Mission Program Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Bob Pappalardo
Bob Pappalardo

Europa Clipper Mission Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Linda Spilker
Linda Spilker

Cassini Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Ellen Stofan
Ellen Stofan

Former Chief Scientist, NASA

Julie Webster
Julie Webster

Cassini Spacecraft Operations Office Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Join us at JPL and Caltech on the bittersweet morning the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn. We’ll hear from many of the spectacular mission’s leaders, including Jim Green, John Grunsfeld, Ralph Lorenz, Bob Pappalardo, Earl Maize, Linda Spilker and Julie Webster. Bill Nye salutes the mission team and calls for continued exploration of space. The Cassini theme continues as Bruce Betts reveals What’s Up.

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Early morning on Caltech’s Beckman Mall with Cassini team members and guests.
Linda Spilker

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Linda Spilker
Linda Spilker on the big screens at Caltech on the morning of September 15, 2017.
Beckman Mall

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Beckman Mall
Looking across the Caltech Beckman Mall in the pre-dawn hours before Cassini’s end of mission.
Jim Green and Mat Kaplan

Pauline Acalin

Jim Green and Mat Kaplan
NASA Planetary Sciences Division Director Jim Green and Mat Kaplan.
Cassini Program Manager Earl Maize talks with Mat Kaplan

Pauline Acalin

Cassini Program Manager Earl Maize talks with Mat Kaplan
Mat Kaplan talks with Earl Maize and Linda Spilker after

Pauline Acalin

Mat Kaplan talks with Earl Maize and Linda Spilker after
Traditional JPL good luck peanuts

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Traditional JPL good luck peanuts
Media reps gather at JPL prior to Cassini end of mission media briefing

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Media reps gather at JPL prior to Cassini end of mission media briefing
Cassini End of Mission Media Briefing

Mat Kaplan

Cassini End of Mission Media Briefing
Earl Maize, Julie Webster and Linda Spilker at Cassini End of Mission Media Briefing

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This week's question:

When OSIRIS-REx flies by Earth on September 22, 2017, over what continent will it be at its closest approach?

To submit your answer:

Complete the contest entry form at http://planetary.org/radiocontest or write to us at [email protected] no later than Wednesday, September 27th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

On what rocket did the Cassini spacecraft launch in 1997?

Answer:

The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

How long is the longest dimension of the Cassini spacecraft, not counting the booms—the main spacecraft’s structure before deployment?

Answer:

The Cassini spacecraft was 22 feet or 6.8 meters high or long, not including its booms.

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