Continue reading Titan Week: Dragonfly: In Situ Exploration of Titan’s Organic Chemistry and Habitability

Titan Week: Dragonfly: In Situ Exploration of Titan’s Organic Chemistry and Habitability

Dr. Elizabeth Turtle, PI of Dragonfly Mission Thursday, November 19, 6:30 pm More info: https://cos.gatech.edu/events/titan-week-cstar-distinguished-lecture-2020-0 Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is an Ocean World with a dense atmosphere, abundant complex organic material on its icy surface, and a liquid-water ocean in its interior. The joint NASA-ESA Cassini-Huygens mission revealed Titan to be surprisingly Earth-like, with active…

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Why Do We Look Up at the Heavens?

Brother Guy Consolmagno Why did we go to the Moon? Why does the Vatican support an astronomical observatory? These questions mask a deeper question: why do individuals choose to spend their lives in pursuit of pure knowledge? The motivation behind our choices, both as individuals and as a society, controls the sorts of science that…

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Continue reading Going Out in a Blaze of Glory: Cassini Science Highlights and the Grand Finale – Linda Spilker

Going Out in a Blaze of Glory: Cassini Science Highlights and the Grand Finale – Linda Spilker

The Cassini mission’s findings have revolutionized our understanding of Saturn, its complex rings, the amazing assortment of moons and the planet’s dynamic magnetic environment.   Cassini’s Grand Finale begins in April 2017 with repeated dives between the innermost ring and the top of Saturn’s atmosphere.  Cassini will send back its final bits of unique data on…

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