archiv~1.txt: SETI [ASTRO] Cassini Lecture At Griffith Observatory On March 29

SETI [ASTRO] Cassini Lecture At Griffith Observatory On March 29

Larry Klaes ( )
Thu, 18 Mar 1999 12:58:15 -0500

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>Special Lecture at Griffith Observatory on Monday, March 29
>Stephen J. Edberg
>Jet Propulsion Laboratory
>California Institute of Technology
>Monday, March 29, 1999
>Time: 7:30 p.m.
>As the best-instrumented probe ever sent to another planet, Cassini-Huygens,
>a joint project of NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space
>Agency, will produce the most complete information about a planet system
>ever obtained. This information will bring us closer to understanding the
>* The creation of the solar system and the origin and evolution of the dust
> and gas from which the planets first formed.
>* The conditions that led to life on Earth and an understanding of the
> evolution of that early life.
>* Insight into even larger disk systems so common in the universe, including
> our own spiral galaxy, the Milky Way.
>* The origin and unexplained phenomena of Saturn's beautiful rings.
>Cassini's mission is a four-year, close-up study of the Saturnian system.
>Chief among the scientific goals are the planet's atmosphere and magnetic
>field, Saturn's rings, and several moons, including a thorough
>characterization of Titan, a large moon thought to resemble a frigid,
>primordial Earth.
>On its way now, Cassini-Huygens consists of a Saturn orbiter and an
>atmospheric probe. The Cassini orbiter will study the whole of Saturn's
>system, using gravity assists from the large moon Titan to venture into
>different regions of Saturn-space. The Huygens probe will parachute down
>through Titan's atmosphere to land on the hidden surface of this mysterious
>In this presentation the plans and methods for studying this intriguing
>system will be discussed.
>Stephen J. Edberg has been an active amateur astronomer since 1966 and has
>worked professionally in the field since 1970. Since 1986 he has worked on
>the Comet Rendezvous/Asteroid Flyby, Cassini, and Galileo projects. He is
>presently an Investigation and Discipline Scientist and the Outreach Team
>Leader on the Cassini Program. He has been honored by the International
>Astronomical Union with the naming of a minor planet, 3672 Stevedberg and
>has received a NASA Exceptional Service Medal and JPL Award for Excellence.
>Admission: $2 for FOTO members, $5 for non-members, tickets available at the
>door (Children under 5 not admitted).
>Griffith Observatory Griffith phone: (323) 664-1181
>2800 East Observatory Road Griffith fax: (323) 663-4323
>Los Angeles, California 90027 USA