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3807. Cassini - Science Highlights and The Beginning of the Grand Finale
For over 12 years, Cassini has been orbiting Saturn with amazing scientific revelations. In late 2016, Cassini begins the first phase of its final mission, the Ring Skimming Orbits, and in April 2017, the Grand Finale Orbits. With highly inclined orbits that take it over the north to south over both poles, the spacecraft will make amazing unprecedented observations. Cassini swan song will be a final plunge into the gas giant planet itself. This talk will highlight recent scientific results and the unique scientific objectives of the mission.
Trina Ray, Scott Edgington
SUN 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Marquis 1
3817. Pluto: What We've Learned in a Year
Over a year ago, the New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto and its moon. Many expected an icy, cratered body with little or no activity. The images returned by New Horizons wowed both professional astronomers and the public alike. Pluto was revealed to be a complex, geologically active world with a ﾓheartﾔ. After a brief history of Pluto, the latest, amazing scientific results will be presented.
SUN 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Marquis 1