The Cassini-Huygens mission, a joint collaboration between NASA, ESA, and the Italian Space Agency, has been in orbit at Saturn since 2004, and is now in the Grand Finale phase of its tour. Throughout its journey, instruments on Cassini have discovered and studied Enceladus’ surprising plume activity, investigated the mysterious Earth-like world of Titan, and have observed the bizarre variety of other Saturnian moons, the ever-changing magnificent ring system, as well as the remarkable planet itself. As it plunges into Saturn's atmosphere on September 15, 2017, Cassini will send back its final bits of unique data. In this presentation, mission science highlights and science results from Cassini's final orbits will be discussed.
Dr. Amanda Hendrix has 20 years of experience in planetary science research. As a graduate student and post-doctoral research at LASP/University of Colorado, Hendrix gained valuable experience in UV spectroscopy and instrumentation and began a career of investigating solar system surfaces (largely airless bodies) in the UV. After LASP, she spent 12 years at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, progressing from a science planner on Cassini to Deputy Project Scientist, before moving to the Planetary Science Institute in 2012. She is a co-investigator on the Cassini UVIS instrument and a Participating Scientist on the LRO LAMP instrument. She has participated in numerous mission studies, including the Europa Orbiter of the Jupiter Joint Science Definition Team (2008-2009) (serving as its Deputy Study Scientist) and the Jovian System Orbiter Science Definition Team (2007). She has led programs and published results in the JSDAP, PG&G, OPR, LASER and CDAP programs, among others. She is the Director of the NASA/SSERVI Toolbox for Research and Exploration (TREX). Besides research, she enjoys teaching and sharing her love of planetary science with students and the public.
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