The Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn was launched in 1997 and entered orbit about the ringed planet in 2004. The project is a collaboration between NASA, ESA and ASI, the Italian space agency. The spacecraft is the largest ever sent to the outer solar system and it comprises the Cassini orbiter and the Huygens probe. In January 2005 the released Huygens probe descended through the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, and landed on its surface. The Cassini spacecraft has continued in orbit transmitting data back to Earth about Saturn, its moons and rings. Carl Murray, Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Queen Mary, University of London, was selected as a member of the Imaging Team on Cassini in 1990.
Carl is the only UK member of the team and has a particular interest in Saturn's rings and their gravitational interaction with small moons orbiting in the Saturn system. In the talk he will discuss the Cassini-Huygens mission and show some of the spectacular images taken by Cassini's cameras over the last seven years, emphasising what has been discovered about Saturn's spectacular and fascinating ring system.
Refreshments from 19:00. Car Park near the Venue.