NASA RADIO --Three Cassini Scientists Tell Us What They Learned from the Epic Mission (LISTEN Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)17 Sep 2017, 13:47 UTC
Listen to a podcast conversation with three members of the original Cassini science team in a special episode in honor of the Cassini mission, which came to its dramatic close on September 15: Jeff Cuzzi, the mission’s interdisciplinary scientist for rings; Dale Cruikshank, an astronomer and planetary scientist studying Saturn’s icy moons; and Chris McKay, a planetary scientist and one of the original collaborators on the Huygens probe – all three from NASA’s Ames Research Center.
Here are three samples of their farewell's to Cassini and what captured their imagination as scientists pursuring the serach for life in our Solar System.
My farewell to Cassini would be, “Thank you for the revelations of Titan's liquid methane lakes, and even more so for the organic-rich geysers on Enceladus,” because that's given us astrobiologists a clear direction on what to do next, and we're doing it.
The highlight for me was the opportunity to study up close and in detail one of the other satellites of Saturn, which we have known for about 300 years, is really very interesting. In fact, the study of this satellite, which is called Iapetus, goes back to the ...