Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Inspiring Talk on Exploring the Saturn System

Titan is a place - a rather weird place, it seems, but we know it as a place and not merely as an object because of the amazing Cassini/Huygens mission. We have landed a spacecraft on Titan, a beachhead on a distant corner of the solar system. We don't know Enceladus quite as well, but Cassini has given us some intriguing looks at that icy little world as well.

Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco is the leader of the imaging team for the Cassini mission. She gave an 18 minute talk on the Cassini/Huygens mission and on some of the amazing results from Titan, Enceladus, and Saturn itself at the TED conference in Monterey last March. A video of that inspiring talk was released on the TED web site today. It highlights the excitement and the importance of exploration.

Cassini is making another close pass over Titan's southern hemisphere today.

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