Cassini at Saturn – the End of an Era
Professor Carl Murray, Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy, School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary University of London
The Cassini spacecraft orbited the ringed planet Saturn for 13 years before ending its mission in September 2017 by plunging into the planet’s atmosphere. This talk will highlight some of Cassini’s remarkable observations, including the discovery of plumes of ice particles emanating from a source of liquid water beneath the moon Enceladus. The last part of the talk will focus on Cassini’s discoveries about the planet’s vast ring system.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI