Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie

Cassini at Saturn: Mission accomplished

Tilmann Denk , Univ. Berlin

After two decades of flying through space and more than 13 years orbiting Saturn, the journey of the Cassini spacecraft ended in mid-September with an intended crash into the atmosphere of the ring planet. The months before brought an absolute highlight: In the "Grand Finale" of the mission, Cassini crossed the narrow gap between the rings and the atmosphere of the planet 22 times. What has the spacecraft experienced in these 20 years and especially in the Grand Finale, what have we learned about Saturn, its rings and the numerous moons? After having worked with Cassini throughout its entire journey, I will give you a small insight into the most interesting and exciting events and results, garnished with images of huge storms, complex ring structures, intricate tectonics, Germany-sized seas of methane, water eruption "plumes" hundreds of kilometers high, gigantic mountains, objects that look like flying saucers, or in short: pictures of Saturn, its rings and its moons.

Heidelberg Joint Astronomical Colloquium
19 Dec 2017, 16:15
Philosophenweg 12, Grand Lecture Hall -- NOTE: There will be Gl├╝hwein and Cookies before the colloquium!

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