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The Cassini Mission to Saturn: The End of an Era

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Professor Carl Murray of Queen Mary University of London will give Astronomy Ireland's Christmas Public Lecture!


The Cassini-Huygens mission to the Saturn system came to an end on 15th September 2017 when, short of fuel, the Cassini spacecraft was deliberately sent into the atmosphere of the planet and destroyed. This was the culmination of a 20-year journey of exploration that was one of the most successful planetary missions ever launched. As a member of the Cassini Imaging Team, Carl Murray has been directly involved in the mission from its inception and has using Cassini images to study Saturn's rings and their interaction with small moons. In his lecture Carl will give an insider's view of the mission's incredible successes and talk about his experiences exploring Saturn with Cassini.

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Carl is a planetary astronomer from Belfast. He obtained his BSc in Applied Mathematics with Astrophysics from Queen Mary College (Univ. of London) in 1977 and stayed on at Queen Mary to do his PhD entitled "Aspects of the Dynamical Evolution of Small Particles in the Solar System". At the end of 1979 he started work as a postdoc at Cornell University, one of the major centres for planetary science in the USA. He returned to Queen Mary in 1982 and has remained there ever since. Currently he is Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy in the Astronomy Unit which is part of the School of Physics & Astronomy. He has been involved in the Cassini mission since 1990 when he was selected as a member of the Imaging Science Subsystem team on the spacecraft. Carl is also a Science Associate on the JANUS camera team for ESA's JUICE mission to Jupiter and Europa. He is a planetary scientist who has a particular interest in the motion of objects in the solar system, from dust to planets. He is co-author of “Solar System Dynamics”, a standard textbook for anyone interested in how things move in the solar system.

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