On This Episode
Senior Scientist for University of Chicago Enrico Fermi Institute
Senior Advisor to NASA and host of Gravity Assist
Retired Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate for NASA
Eclipse Project Manager for American Astronomical Society
Planetary Scientist for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
Cassini Mission Program Manager for Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Europa Clipper Mission Project Scientist for Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Cassini Project Scientist for Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Planetary Geologist and Director of the National Air and Space Museum
Cassini Spacecraft Operations Office Manager for 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.
- Cassini: The dying of the light
- Cassini: The grand finale
- NASA/JPL Cassini End of Mission Media Briefing video
- NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration of Saturn
- Chop Shop Planetary Society Store
This week's prizes are the brand new Chop Shop-designed Planetary Radio t-shirt, a 200-point iTelescope.net astronomy account, and a Cassini Grand Finale gift package, including a pin, poster and sticker.
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:
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Last week's question:
On what rocket did the Cassini spacecraft launch in 1997?
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?
The Cassini spacecraft was 22 feet or 6.8 meters high or long, not including its booms.