15 May 2018, Tuesday, 7:45 PM, Presidio Observation Post
“Cassini’s Spectacular Final Year at Saturn”
Matthew Tiscareno, Planetary Scientist, SETI
With its 13-year mission at Saturn now complete, Cassini takes its place as the most spectacularly successful interplanetary mission in the history of NASA. In its final 10 months (from December 2016 to September 2017), Cassini has transformed itself into a whole new mission with its Grand Finale, including 20 close flybys off the outer edge of Saturn’s rings and 22 passes between the rings and the cloud-tops of the planet, culminating into a final plunge into the depths of Saturn. The detailed new data obtained during these maneuvers has brought Saturn’s rings, its clouds, its small inner moons, and more, into sharper focus than ever before. In this lecture, Cassini rings scientist Matthew Tiscareno will review the rich harvest of the Cassini mission.
Matthew Tiscareno received his PhD from the University of Arizona in Planetary Science. He is a Senior Research Scientist at the SETI Institute, and also a Participating Scientist and imaging Team Associate for the Cassini spacecraft. Dr. Tiscareno led the discovery of small moons embedded in Saturn’s rings, and is working on a number of related projects, including how moons rotate.