Underreported: The Cassini-Huygens Space Mission

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn is a multinational cooperation between three space agencies and 17 nations, with a total cost of over $3 billion. Launched in 1997, its goal was to orbit Saturn and its moons, and probe the atmosphere of Titan and land on its surface. The spacecraft has provided startling discoveries about Saturn, our solar system, and planet Earth, with more surprises doubtless to come. On today's Underreported, Leonard will speak with two of the mission's teams members about their discoveries: Dr. Carolyn Porco, the leader of the imaging team and Director of the Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations, and Dr. Torrence V. Johnson, Chief Scientist for the Solar System Exploration Programs Directorate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

To learn more about the mission, visit the Cassini-Huygens homepage

Weigh in: Have you heard much in the media about the Cassini-Huygens space mission?


Dr. Carolyn Porco

Comments [3]

Kaye from NYC

Amazingly good shows

Nov. 01 2007 03:31 PM
max from New York

Listening to the show, I have never heard such excitement and enthusiasm for such a project. Although the results of these missions will not bear real fruit until we are all long gone, this is truly an historical moment in space exploration. Like most of what Mr. Lopate brings to us, it is very much appreciated.

Sep. 30 2007 08:45 PM
Matthew Umbro from New Rochelle

Rarley. You hear about the major discoveries, albeit briefly. There was more coverage of the people who protested it's launch due to it's nuclear power system than the whole mission. And an even bigger question...If you want to stay apprised of whats going on, anywhere, how reliant should one be solely on the "media"?

Sep. 27 2007 12:23 AM

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