MARQUETTE Ã‚– The Northern Michigan University Seaborg Center will sponsor a presentation on NASAÃ‚’s Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. It is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, in Mead Auditorium (room 2701) in the West Science Building. The public is invited to attend free of charge.
Scott Stobbelaar, NASA-JPL solar system ambassador, will talk about the current Cassini-Huygens spacecraft. It was launched from Kennedy Space Center in October 1997 and will reach the Saturnian region on July 1, nearly seven years later.
The mission is composed of two elements: the Cassini orbiter that will hover near Saturn and its moons for four years; and the Huygens probe that will dive into the murky atmosphere of Titan and land on its surface. More than 250 scientists worldwide will study the data from this international collaboration, which involves three space agencies.
Stobbelaar will talk about the current spacecraft and mission. He will also discuss information gathered about Saturn from previous Voyager I and II missions.
The presentation is part of the continuing Ã‚“Journey through the UniverseÃ‚” program sponsored by the NMU Seaborg Center. For more information, contact Scott Stobbelaar at 225-0959.