MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIF. 91109 TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
Contact: Mary Beth Murrill, (818) 354-6478
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 1999
CASSINI MISSION TO SATURN AND TITAN SUBJECT OF JPL LECTURE
Saturn, its rings, moons and the other wonders to be
explored by the Cassini space mission are the topics of the next
von Karman Lecture to be held at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
in Pasadena on Thursday, Aug. 19, and at Pasadena City College on
Friday, Aug. 20. Both lectures are free of charge, open to the
public and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Parking is free.
"Voyage to the Ringed Giant: The Cassini Spacecraft
Completes Two Years of Its Seven-Year Journey to Saturn," will be
presented by Dr. Ellis Miner, the Cassini Program's science
adviser at JPL. The international Cassini mission is managed by
JPL for NASA.
Launched two years ago, the Cassini spacecraft began a
journey of many years to reach and explore Saturn, the most
distant planet that can easily be seen by the unaided human eye.
In addition to Saturn's interesting atmosphere and interior, its
vast system contains the most spectacular ring system in the
solar system, numerous icy satellites with a variety of unique
surface features, a huge magnetic environment teeming with
particles that interact with the rings and moons, and the large,
intriguing moon Titan, which is slightly larger than the planet
Mercury, and whose hazy atmosphere is denser Earth's.
The lecture at JPL will be held in the von Karman Auditorium
located at 4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena, near the Oak Grove Dr.
exit of the 210 (Foothill) Freeway. On Friday, the lecture will
be held in Pasadena City College's Forum at 1570 E. Colorado
Blvd. For more information, call (818) 354-5011.
JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology,