Colloquium Details

Fred Watson (AAO)

"Bravo, Cassini!"

If there was ever a space project that totally exceeded the expectations of the scientific world, it has been the Cassini mission to Saturn. Launched in 1997, Cassini reached its target after a seven-year journey, and immediately began re-writing the textbooks. Now, 13 years later, we have a remarkable catalogue of amazing discoveries. Storms and a hexagonal jet-stream in the planet’s atmosphere, ripples and spokes in its rings, global oceans and oily seas on its moons – among other surprises. At the end, with the spacecraft’s fuel running out, mission controllers threw caution to the winds in an audacious series of orbits that threaded it between the rings and the planet. And Cassini's final plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere on 15 September drew worldwide media attention. Celebrate this triumphant mission with Fred Watson, as he presents a non-specialist's update on all things Cassini.

Held at 11:00AM on Thursday 21st September, 2017 in the AAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)