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Astronomy and space

The Cassini spacecraft mission at Saturn

27 May 2020 Sponsored by AWE and XIA

Available to watch now, explore the ending of the Cassini spacecraft mission at Saturn as sponsored by XIA and AWE

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In September 2017, the NASA/ESA Cassini-Huygens spacecraft mission ended its 20 years in space by burning up in Saturn’s atmosphere. The end-of-mission orbits was designed to better understand the interior of Saturn and its magnetic field.

ICL webinar

This webinar will describe these end-of-mission results as well as some of the other surprising discoveries made during the orbital tour at Saturn, including water-vapour plumes at the small moon Enceladus and implications that this has for potential habitability.


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Michele DoughertyMichele Dougherty is professor of space physics at Imperial College London. She is leading unmanned exploratory missions to Saturn and Jupiter, and was the principal investigator for the magnetometer instrument onboard the Cassini mission to Saturn as well as being the principal investigator of the magnetometer for the JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) of the European Space Agency due for launch in June 2022. She is head of the physics department, is a fellow of The Royal Society, was awarded the Royal Astronomical Society Geophysics Gold Medal in 2017, was awarded a CBE in the 2018 New Year Honours list, and was awarded the Institute of Physics Richard Glazebrook Gold Medal and Prize.

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