The Cassini-Huygens Mission
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 has just completed its operations in orbit around the planet Saturn. Cassini-Huygens has been returning extraordinary data about the entire Saturn system and this evening's talk will give an overview of the mission and the top science results. We'll also highlight some of the recent challenges of the Grand Finale orbits and final mission moments.
Trina is an astronomer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she started her career with a bang - working on the Voyager Neptune Encounter in August of 1989. A few years ago she accepted the position of Cassini Science Planning and Sequencing Team Deputy, the team that coordinates all the science and uplinks the final sequences to Cassini, and has focused on the exciting end of mission planning. Trina received her Bachelor's degree in Physics from CSUN and her master's degree in Astronomy from San Diego State University. Trina has received numerous awards, including a NASA medal for Exceptional Service and a Bruce Murray Award for excellence in education and public engagement outside of normal job duties. She is an active public speaker for NASA, invited to give many talks around the nation.
"What's Up?" in this month will be presented by Chris Butler