PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIF. 91109. TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
Contact: Stephanie R. Zeluck
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 28, 1996
PUBLIC INVITED TO "FLY YOUR NAME TO SATURN"
A high-tech equivalent of a message in a bottle will
carry the signatures of thousands of vicarious space explorers
when it is launched aboard the Cassini mission to
Saturn in 1997.
Volunteer members of The Planetary Society, Pasadena, CA,
will help scan the signatures into digital form. The digital
data will later be loaded onto a CD-ROM or other
digital media, and then will be mounted onto the Cassini
spacecraft during its final assembly at NASA's Kennedy Space
Earlier NASA spacecraft such as Viking, Magellan, and
Galileo also carried thousands of signatures on other media, but
Cassini will be the first to utilize modern digital storage
technology. The disc is expected to hold about a million names
and should survive well beyond the duration of Cassini's 11-year
"The people who have already sent in signatures think
this is a wonderful idea," said Suzanne Barber, administration
manager of the Cassini Program. "School teachers love it - - it
just seems to capture their students' imaginations, and it offers
them a feeling of immortality to be able to send their names into
To participate, signatures should be sent on a plain
postcard. Multiple signatures per postcard are acceptable.
Names will be accepted until January 1, 1997, or until the CD-ROM
is full. Postcards should be sent to: Suzanne Barber, MS 264-
441, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena,
Electronic mail transmittals cannot be accepted.
Confirmation will be provided only to those who send their
postcard along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Cassini, scheduled for launch on October 6, 1997, is a
joint mission of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the
Italian Space Agency (ASI). It will send an atmospheric probe
called Huygens to the surface of Saturn's moon Titan.
The Cassini spacecraft will orbit Saturn for four years,
gathering data on Saturn, its rings, magnetic environment and
The Cassini home page on the Internet offers a wide
variety of information about the mission and the planet Saturn.
It can be accessed at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/cassini/