- Significant Announcements Highlights
Friday, September 15, 2017, the Cassini orbiter entered Saturn’s atmosphere and was incinerated, protecting the possible future astrobiological sites at Enceladus and Titan from any possibility of accidental contamination. The Cassini orbiter flawlessly executed a 13 year tour of the system allowing the rings, the planet, its icy moons and magnetosphere, and Titan to be explored in depth. Ames scientists Jim Pollack (SS) and Jeff Cuzzi (SST) were both selected as Interdisciplinary Scientists on Cassini-Huygans when it was approved by Congress in 1990, responsible for the overall architecture and prioritization of how Cassini-Huygens would meet NASA’s goals in the areas of Origins of Planets, and of Saturn’s Rings, respectively. Dale Cruikshank (SSA) was also selected to join the Visual and IR spectrometer (remote sensing) team on the orbiter, and Chris McKay (SS) was also selected to join the Huygens cloud detection instrument, or nephelometer team.