Interview : Linda Spilker & Cécile Ferrari talk about Cassini, their collaboration & the legacy of the mission

On May 18, 2018, Linda Spilker, scientific manager of NASA’s Cassini mission, spoke at the IPGP general seminars in Paris. On this occasion, we met her with Cécile Ferrari, professor in Paris Diderot and researcher at the IPGP. They collaborated on the Cassini mission for over 20 years and told us about their work on the mission, the discoveries they […]

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What is happening in Titan’s equatorial belt?

During the last thirteen years (2004 – 2017), the Cassini-Huygens mission allowed a real revolution in the exploration of Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. This mission has revealed that Titan is – in many aspects – very similar to Earth. Titan is a frozen version of Earth, where methane behaves as water, and water ice may be as hard […]

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IPGP Seminary “The Cassini mission at Saturn: latest results and legacy”

  The IPGP is pleased to welcome Linda Spilker from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Scientific Director of the Cassini mission, as part of its general seminars. On May 18 at 11am, she will discuss the Cassini mission on Saturn, the results obtained at the end of the mission, and the legacy of this extraordinary scientific adventure. While waiting for this […]

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The Cassini Grande Finale from Caltech with UnivEarthS team

The mission ended in complete silence where everyone held their breath, followed by a few tears and a thunder of applause. Closing a chapter of the study of Saturn, its moons and rings, the Cassini spacecraft plunged to Saturn on September 15, 2018, burning as it entered the atmosphere, while on Earth the ship’s explosion was noticed by the sudden […]

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Cassini “Grand Final”: the end of the mission

On September 15, 2017, the Cassini probe that has been in orbit around Saturn since 2004 will complete its mission, dipping towards the planet to the rings in the upper layers of its atmosphere where it will be consumed by the forces of friction. A final phase called by the Nasa “Grand Finale”, which will lead the probe to areas […]

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