The Day the Earth Smiled
On July 19, 2013, in an event celebrated the world over, NASA's Cassini spacecraft slipped into Saturn's shadow and turned to image the planet, seven of its moons, its inner rings -- and, in the background, our home planet, Earth. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI
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NASA will host a Google+ Hangout at 12:30 p.m. PST (3:30 p.m. EST) on Wednesday, Dec. 4, to discuss images of Saturn taken by the agency's Cassini spacecraft. The Hangout also will look ahead to the next few years of the Cassini mission.

The event will also be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website.

The panelists are:
-- Kunio Sayanagi, Cassini imaging team associate, Hampton University, Va.
-- Carolyn Porco, Cassini imaging team lead, Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.
-- Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
-- Earl Maize, Cassini program manager, JPL

Reporters and the public can ask questions on the Google+ Hangout event page, in the chat box on the Ustream site and via Twitter using the hashtag #askCassini.

The Google+ Hangout will be available at: .

For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit: .

The event will be streamed live on Ustream with a moderated chat available at: .

For more information about the Cassini mission, visit: and .

News Media Contact

Jia-Rui Cook 818-354-0850
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Dwayne Brown 202-358-1726
NASA Headquarters, Washington