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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Linda Spilker, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: The final days of the Cassini mission, the Cassini Grand Finale Tour. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm. Please note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio.
John Batchelor and I welcomed back Dr. Linda Spilker to discuss the final days and orbits of the great Cassini Mission orbiting Saturn since 2004. The end is near when Cassini will dip into the upper part of the Saturn atmosphere, burn up and evaporate to become part of Saturn itself. During our one segment ten minute discussion, we talked about Saturn's rings and what we have been learning about them. Also Enceladus which our guest said may end up being the most important component of the Cassini mission given the discovery of the under the surface salt water ocean similar to what we have on Earth. Lind a said that they can tell that there are organics, ammonia, CO2 and more in the water and that there are hydrogen thermal vents on the ocean floor so Enceladus is a good place to look for life. Linda talked about the final orbit and demise of Cassini starting Sept. 15 of this year. Don't miss all of what Dr. Spilker had to say about Saturn, the moons and rings of Saturn and the final days of Cassini.