Cassini to Saturn: The Journey and the Legacy

March 23, 2017 | 8:00pm
Presented Online | Museum in Washington, DC
Free, Tickets Required

7:30 p.m.  Meet the lecturer
8:00 p.m.  Lecture begins
9:00 p.m.  Stargazing at the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory, weather permitting

Entering Saturn’s orbit in 2004, the Cassini orbiter has returned years of insights on this scientifically rich planetary system.  On September 15, 2017, its mission will end and the spacecraft will be sent plunging into Saturn.  Carolyn Porco, principal investigator for the Cassini imaging system, will present a retrospective look at what we have learned from Cassini and what its final legacy is likely to be.

Tickets for this lecture are free and must be reserved in advance. Request tickets for this lecture using the form below. Please note: all new ticket requests for this lecture will be for overflow seating in the Museum's Albert Einstein Planetarium. To request tickets for other lectures in the Exploring Space Lecture Series, please visit the corresponding event listings

About the Exploring Space Lecture Series: Giants of the Solar System and Beyond

Giant planets in our solar system lie beyond the asteroid belt. The Juno spacecraft has recently arrived at the largest, Jupiter.  Cassini will soon end its mission at Saturn.  Farther afield, tantalizing clues suggest the existence of Planet Nine, a rocky world ten times the mass of Earth.  And immense worlds called Super-Earths and Hot Jupiters orbit stars other than our own.  Join four distinguished speakers as they explore the unimaginably huge, stunningly beautiful, and sometimes bizarre giant worlds. Learn more.

The Exploring Space lectures are made possible by the generous support of Aerojet Rocketdyne and United Launch Alliance.