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Carolyn Porco ‏@carolynporco
First pics from Cassini's new orbit! Let them remind you we’ve lived a bold & daring adventure at Saturn. Enjoy!

Over Saturn's Turbulent North

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft was obtained about half a day before its first close pass by the outer edges of Saturn's main rings during its penultimate mission phase.

The view shows part of the giant, hexagon-shaped jet stream around the planet's north pole. Each side of the hexagon is about as wide as Earth. A circular storm lies at the center, at the pole (see PIA14944).

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Dec. 3, 2016, at a distance of about 240,000 miles (390,000 kilometers) from Saturn. Image scale is 14 miles (23 kilometers) per pixel.

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Carolyn Porco remembering Carl Sagan:

A Letter to My Friend and Colleague, Carl Sagan, on the Occasion of His 80th Birthday

November 9, 2014

Dear Carl,

It's so lovely to be beaming this message to you on your 80th birthday.
As you may be aware, the world hasn't changed much since you left. It's still a great mess. It's still looking like we may destroy our civilization after all. Political gridlock is as bad as anyone can remember, and there's no end yet in sight to the damage we are doing to our environment and our future. Regrettably, in the hallways where power congregates, they are still not listening to you..

But I gotta tell ya... Titan is even more wonderful than even you could have imagined. Seas of liquid hydrocarbons are strewn around the poles. Methane clouds that change seasonally float aloft. And a wide belt of miles and miles and thousands of miles of dunes encircle the globe. Who expected that?! So much like Earth and yet so not.

And you wouldn't believe what we found on Enceladus! A hundred and one geysers gushing from the surface, laced with organic compounds and erupting from a deep salty sea. It just may be the very place you wished with all your might we could find. Someday, hopefully soon, we may know know. Fingers crossed.

And now we're on the eve of exploring the Kuiper Belt, starting w/ a most historic rendezvous with Pluto, and in only a few days we'll be landing on a comet. We've made great strides in our efforts to know how and where we are. I know all this would have made you smile and would have given you great hope. Just wish you were still here to cheer us on.

Oh, and didn't Annie do a great job with Cosmos II? You would have been so proud.

Well, wherever you are right now, undoubtedly out there somewhere in the cosmos, having a blast, the happiest of Happy Birthdays to you!
We miss you.

Your friend and colleague,


PS. Sending along some pictures from happy days ... at Voyager's encounter with Neptune in 1989, and your 60th birthday party twenty years ago. How time flies.

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Carolyn Porco ‏@carolynporco
- Tomorrow (oct 30) @ 6:00 pm (PDT) at Dreamforce in SF, I'll be panel-discussing Women in Tech. Register/Live stream the event
- My Keynote is live-streamed Tues Oct 4, ~3:30 pm (PDT). I'm in impressive company!

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StarTalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Eugene Mirman
With special guest Sean Lennon
September 15 at Beacon Theatre in New York, NY

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Carolyn Porco ‏@carolynporco
My future after Cassini? Rock Star!! That's @seanonolennon's sparkly green guitar &@cl_delirium in the bckground.

Sean Ono Lennon ‏@seanonolennon
Sean Ono Lennon Retweeted Carolyn Porco
Our new guitarist audition went great yesterday!@carolynporco @cl_delirium

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I'm over the moon that @carolynporco Planetary Scientist and head of imaging for the Cassini Mission came to see @cldelirium tonight in Boston!

Carolyn Porco ‏@carolynporco Carolyn Porco
Retweeted Sean Ono Lennon
Yes! And Sean, a bad ass science groupie, will soon be my guest on @StarTalkRadio#AllStars.

Carolyn Porco ‏@carolynporco
.@CL_Delirium positively rocked the House of Blues last nite in Boston! LOVED hanging w/@seanonolennon b4 the show
2 Photos - View album

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+Carolyn Porco  ‏@carolynporco
It's online! My 1st #StarTalkAllStars podcast, "Listening for #Aliens " about Breakthrough Listen & SETI

- The #StarTalkAllStars podcast "Listening for Aliens" can be heard as usual:@iTunesPodcasts @SoundCloud @Stitcher @TuneIn @GooglePlayMusic

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