Expedition to the Ringed Planet

Cassini Explores Saturn, Its Rings, and the Fountains of Enceladus

May 8, 2007 | 8:00pm
Presented Online | Museum in Washington, DC
Free, Tickets Required

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7 PM - FREE showing of Cosmic Collisions in the Albert Einstein Planetarium. This half-hour planetarium show  launches visitors on a thrilling trip through space and time - well beyond the calm face of the night sky - to explore cosmic collisions, hypersonic impacts that drive the dynamic and continuing evolution of the universe.

7:30 PM - Meet the Lecturer

8 PM - Lecture

Since its arrival and insertion into orbit around Saturn in 2004, the Cassini spacecraft has been providing an unprecedented look at the planet, its rings, and its moons. Images and other data from Cassini have revealed surprising details about Saturn's atmospheric storms, the structure of its rings, the intricate geologic patterns on its moons, and even present day geologic activity.

Carolyn Porco will be our tour guide through the amazing Saturn system, presenting what Cassini has uncovered over the last three years on and around this beautiful ringed giant.

Carolyn Porco is the Cassini Imaging Team Leader, the Director of the Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPS) at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, and adjunct Professor at both the Universities of Arizona and Colorado.

This lecture is free, but tickets are required. The lecture series continues through June.

The Exploring Space Lectures are made possible by the generous support of Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and Aerojet, with contributions from NASA.