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First pics from Cassini's new orbit! Let them remind you we’ve lived a bold & daring adventure at Saturn. Enjoy!
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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.
http://www.ciclops.org/view/8458/Over-Saturns-Turbulent-North

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Carolyn Porco is back to answer questions about art, science, and more, with her friend, “Bad-ass Science Groupie” Sean Ono Lennon, and co-host Chuck Nice.
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- 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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My future after Cassini? Rock Star!! That's @seanonolennon's sparkly green guitar &@cl_delirium in the bckground.
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Our new guitarist audition went great yesterday!@carolynporco @cl_delirium
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Carolyn Porco takes the driver’s seat for “Listening for Aliens," with co-host Chuck Nice and guest Dan Werthimer from the Breakthrough Listen Initiative.
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Cassini's Gr8est Jupiter Portrait! Get lost in all its intricate details
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The Greatest Jupiter Portrait
This true color mosaic of Jupiter was constructed from images taken by the narrow angle camera onboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft starting at 5:31 Universal time on December 29, 2000, as the spacecraft neared Jupiter during its flyby of the giant planet. It is the most detailed global color portrait of Jupiter ever produced; the smallest visible features are ~ 60 km (37 miles) across. The mosaic is composed of 27 images: nine images were required to cover the entire planet in a tic-tac-toe pattern, and each of those locations was imaged in red, green, and blue to provide true color. Although Cassini's camera can see more colors than humans can, Jupiter here looks the way that the human eye would see it.

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft closes in on the planet’s cloud tops
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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 if...well...you 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,

Carolyn

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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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
http://www.beacontheatre.com/events/2016/september/startalk-live.html
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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!
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Yes! And Sean, a bad ass science groupie, will soon be my guest on @StarTalkRadio#AllStars.
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.@CL_Delirium positively rocked the House of Blues last nite in Boston! LOVED hanging w/@seanonolennon b4 the show
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It's online! My 1st #StarTalkAllStars podcast, "Listening for #Aliens " about Breakthrough Listen & SETI
https://twitter.com/carolynporco/status/760834127046193152

- The #StarTalkAllStars podcast "Listening for Aliens" can be heard as usual:@iTunesPodcasts @SoundCloud @Stitcher @TuneIn @GooglePlayMusic
Explore SETI and the Breakthrough Listen Initiative with host Carolyn Porco, Chuck Nice, and principal investigator and SETI@home co-founder Dan Werthimer.
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A rare post from Dr. Porco herself!
She does a fine job in this short documentary on one of the most important science fiction franchises in existence that has inspired scientists, engineers and dreamers alike for over forty years.
Well done +Carolyn Porco​!

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Carolyn C. Porco (born March 6, 1953) is an American planetary scientist known for her work in the exploration of the outer solar system, beginning with her imaging work on the Voyager missions to Jupiter,SaturnUranus and Neptune in the 1980s. She leads the imaging science team on the Cassinimission[1][2][3] currently in orbit around Saturn. She is also an imaging scientist on the New Horizons[4] mission launched to Plutoon January 19, 2006. She is an expert on planetary rings and the Saturnian moon, Enceladus.

She has co-authored over 120 scientific papers on subjects ranging from the spectroscopy of Uranus and Neptune, the interstellar medium, thephotometry of planetary rings, satellite/ring interactions, computer simulations of planetary rings, the thermal balance of Triton’s polar caps, heat flow in the interior ofJupiter, and a suite of results on the atmosphere, satellites, and rings of Saturn from the Cassini imaging experiment.[5]

Porco was responsible for the epitaph and proposal to honor the late renowned planetary geologistEugene Shoemaker by sending hiscremains to the Moon aboard theLunar Prospector spacecraft in 1998.[6][7]

A frequent public speaker, Porco has given two popular lectures at TED[8][9] as well as the opening speech[10] for Pangea Day, a May 2008 global broadcast coordinated from six cities around the world, in which she described the cosmic context for human existence. Porco has also won a number of awards and honors for her contributions to science and the public sphere; for instance, in 2008 she was named by Wired magazine as one of '15 People the Next President Should Listen To.'[11] In 2009, New Statesman named her as one of 'The 50 People Who Matter Today.'[12] In 2010 she was awarded the Carl Sagan Medal, presented by the American Astronomical Society for Excellence in the Communication of Science to the Public. And in 2012, she was named one the 25 most influential people in space by TIME magazine.

Dr. Porco is now a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley Astronomy department.

 




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