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spacer Topic - Cassini-Huygens Mission arrives at Saturn

Saturn, Voyager 1 Saturn's Rings, Voyager 2

"The Rings of Saturn"

Presented by Dr. Linda Spilker
JPL, Cassini Deputy Project Scientist

If you wish to view a tape of this show please contact Sherri Rowe-Lopez at (818) 354-6170.

Thursday, July 15 The von Kármán Auditorium at JPL
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA

For directions, click here.
Friday, July 16 The Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College
1570 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA

For directions, click here.

Both lectures begin at 7 p.m. PST and run for approximately an hour.

Admission is free. Seating is limited.
For more information, call (818) 354-0112.

Magnificent golden bands encircle Saturn. These beautiful rings comprise millions of icy particles ranging in size from dust to large boulders. The particles undergo an intricate dance as they orbit Saturn - the gravity of nearby moons causes the ring particles to bump into each other and create interesting patterns in the rings, such as waves and wakes. The Saturn ring system also includes ring gaps, narrow ringlets, spokes, diffuse rings, and sharp ring edges. Fundamental questions remain about Saturn's rings. Why are the rings there at all? How did they form? How old and how stable is the ring system, and how does it maintain itself? So far, we only have bits and pieces of answers. The Cassini mission to Saturn will provide a wealth of information to help answer many of these puzzling questions about Saturn's rings.

To learn more about the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan, click here.

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