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Experts on Cassini

Cassini completed its initial four-year mission to explore the Saturn System in June 2008 and the first extended mission, called the Cassini Equinox Mission, in September 2010. Now, the healthy spacecraft is seeking to make exciting new discoveries in a second extended mission called the Cassini Solstice Mission.

The mission’s extension, which goes through September 2017, is named for the Saturnian summer solstice occurring in May 2017. The northern summer solstice marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere and winter in the southern hemisphere. Since Cassini arrived at Saturn just after the planet's northern winter solstice, the extension will allow for the first study of a complete seasonal period.

Cassini launched in October 1997 with the European Space Agency's Huygens probe. The probe was equipped with six instruments to study Titan, Saturn's largest moon. It landed on Titan's surface on Jan. 14, 2005, and returned spectacular results.

Meanwhile, Cassini's 12 instruments have returned a daily stream of data from Saturn's system since arriving at Saturn in 2004.

Among the most important targets of the mission are the moons Titan and Enceladus, as well as some of Saturn’s other icy moons. Towards the end of the mission, Cassini will make closer studies of the planet and its rings.

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Name Missions & Mission Experience Targets Techniques Major Facilities & Instrument Development

Oded Aharonson
Cassini, LRO, Mars Global Surveyor, MER, MRO Icy satellites, Mars, Moon Geology

Amy Barr Mlinar
Cassini, Europa Clipper, Galileo, New Horizons Callisto, Charon, Dwarf planets, Europa, Exoplanets, Ganymede, Gas giants, Icy satellites, Kuiper Belt, Mercury, Moon, Pluto, Saturn Astrobiology, Education/Public Outreach, Geology, Impacts, Numerical modeling, Planetary Interiors, Tectonics, Volcanism

Bruce Barraclough
ACE, Cassini, Dawn, GENESIS, Lunar Prospector, Ulysses ** Calibration/Test planning, Data validation, Deputy Instrument PI, Instrument operations, Instrument PI Mars, Moon, Solar particles/Solar wind Gamma-ray detectors, Neutron detectors, Plasma spectrometers

Roger Clark
Cassini, Chandrayaan 1 (India), Europa Clipper, Galileo, Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Observer, MRO ** Instrument Co-Investigator, Mission Co-Investigator Asteroids, Ceres, Comets, Dwarf planets, Earth, Exoplanets, Icy satellites, Interplanetary Dust, Io, Jupiter, Kuiper Belt, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Neptune, Planetary rings, Pluto, Saturn, Small satellites, Titan, Uranus, Venus, Vesta Space-based observing, Spectroscopy, Remote sensing, Photometry, Numerical modeling, Geology, Ground-based observing, Mineralogy, Mapping

Robert Gaskell
Cassini, Dawn, MESSENGER, OSIRIS-REx, Rosetta, Voyager Asteroids, Comets, Earth, Icy satellites, Io, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Small satellites, Vesta Shape modeling

Amara Graps
Cassini, Dawn, Galileo, IRAS, New Horizons, Rosetta, Ulysses, Voyager ** Calibration/Test planning, Data archive, Data validation, Science operations Asteroids, Ceres, Comets, Dwarf planets, Enceladus, Icy satellites, Interplanetary Dust, Io, Io torus, Jupiter, Meteorites, Moon, Planetary rings, Saturn, Small satellites, Solar particles/Solar wind, Uranus, Vesta Astrobiology, Education/Public Outreach, Ground-based observing, Magnetospherics, Numerical modeling, Photometry, Remote sensing, Shape modeling, Space-based observing, Volcanism Dust counter

Candice Hansen
Cassini, Europa Clipper, Juno, MRO, Voyager Dwarf planets, Icy satellites, Jupiter, Mars, Pluto, Titan Spectroscopy, Remote sensing, Geology, Education/Public Outreach

Amanda Hendrix
Cassini, Galileo, HST, IUE, LRO, Mariner 10, Mariner 9 ** Instrument Co-Investigator, Mission science team, Science operations Asteroids, Callisto, Ceres, Deimos, Enceladus, Europa, Ganymede, Iapetus, Icy satellites, Io, Io torus, Moon, Phobos, Planetary rings, Small satellites, Vesta Photometry, Remote sensing, Space-based observing, Spectroscopy Spectrometers

Liz Jensen
Cassini, MESSENGER Solar particles/Solar wind Space-based observing, Spectroscopy, Remote sensing, Numerical modeling, Education/Public Outreach, Ground-based observing

Emily Joseph
Cassini, MSL Mars, Saturn Spectroscopy, Education/Public Outreach, Crater Counting, Mapping

Lucille Le Corre
Cassini, Dawn, Hayabusa 1 (Japan), Hayabusa 2 (Japan), OSIRIS-REx ** Calibration/Test planning, Data archive, Science operations Asteroids, Ceres, Dwarf planets, Europa, Icy satellites, Meteorites, Small satellites, Titan, Vesta Geology, Geomorphology, Ground-based observing, Mapping, Mineralogy, Remote sensing, Shape modeling, Space-based observing, Spectroscopy IRTF ** Cameras, Imaging spectrometers, Spectrometers

Carol Neese
Cassini, Dawn, OSIRIS-REx ** Data archive Asteroids, Ceres, Dwarf planets, Icy satellites, Interplanetary Dust, Kuiper Belt, Meteorites, Pluto, Small satellites, Vesta

Catherine Neish
Cassini, Chandrayaan 1 (India), LRO ** Data archive, Data validation, Instrument operations, Mission science team, Science operations Earth, Icy satellites, Mercury, Moon, Titan, Venus Field Work, Geology, Geomorphology, Impacts, Radar, Remote sensing, Volcanism

Robert Nelson
Cassini, Voyager Asteroids, Comets, Dwarf planets, Exoplanets, Icy satellites, Io, Mercury, Moon, Small satellites, Titan Spectroscopy, Remote sensing, Photometry

Eric Palmer
Cassini, Dawn, OSIRIS-REx ** Data archive Icy satellites, Moon, Vesta

Julie Rathbun
Cassini, Europa Clipper Icy satellites, Io Remote sensing, Volcanism, Numerical modeling, Education/Public Outreach, Ground-based observing

Jim Rice
Cassini, Europa Clipper, Mars Global Surveyor, MRO Mars Geology, Ground-based observing, Mapping, Mineralogy, Numerical modeling, Photometry, Remote sensing, Space-based observing

Joe Spitale
Cassini, Dawn, Galileo, HST, Voyager ** Calibration/Test planning, Data archive, Data validation, Instrument operations, Mission operations, Requirements generation and flow down, Science operations, Spacecraft navigation Asteroids, Enceladus, Icy satellites, Planetary rings, Small satellites Astrobiology, Astrometry, Celestial Mechanics, Education/Public Outreach, Ground-based observing, Mapping, Numerical modeling, Photometry, Radiometry, Remote sensing, Shape modeling, Space-based observing, Thermal modeling IRTF ** Cameras, Imaging spectrometers

Sugata Tan
Cassini, New Horizons Icy satellites, Pluto Numerical modeling

Michelle Thomsen
Cassini ** Instrument Co-Investigator Earth, Jupiter, Saturn Plasma spectrometers

Henry Throop
Cassini, New Horizons Dwarf planets, Exoplanets, Gas giants, Icy satellites, Interplanetary Dust, Jupiter, Kuiper Belt, Planetary rings, Pluto, Saturn Space-based observing, Spectroscopy, Remote sensing, Education/Public Outreach, Astrobiology

Robert Tokar
Cassini, Mars Odyssey, MSL, Voyager Earth, Gas giants, Icy satellites, Interplanetary Dust, Io, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Solar particles/Solar wind Space-based observing, Spectroscopy, Remote sensing, Numerical modeling, Neutron detectors, Magnetospherics Gamma-ray detectors, Mass spectrometers, Neutron detectors, Plasma spectrometers

Chuck Wood
Cassini Moon, Titan Radar, Education/Public Outreach

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