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Abstract

(Open to Members of Cardiff Astronomical Society)       


The international NASA/ESA Cassini-Huygens space mission which is presently in orbit around the Saturn/Titan system is providing us with spectacular results and discoveries. I will describe some of the results we’ve obtained so far and will reveal how the inter-disciplinary nature of the suite of instruments on board the spacecraft allows us to interpret the observations. The discovery of a plume/dynamic atmosphere on Saturn’s small icy moon, Enceladus, is the best example of such analysis. Recent results concerning Saturn’s interplanetary magnetic field will also be described as well as observations from its large moon, Titan, the only moon in the solar system with a dense Earth-like atmosphere. The international collaborations arising from this mission are focusing plans for a future mission to the Jupiter system, with a focus on two of its moons, Europa and Ganymede, with potential water oceans beneath their surfaces.

16 November 2011 Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre, Cardiff University

Cassini-Huygens mission at Saturn and Titan and future outer planetary missions


Professor Michele Dougherty

Professor of Space Physics, Imperial College, London