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Media Advisory: Cassini Saturn Mission Team Member at Johns Hopkins Available to Talk About What Scientists Have Discovered and the Work Ahead

Sept 15, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Arthur Hirsch
Office: 443-997-9909
Cell: 443-462-8702
ahirsch6@jhu.edu @JHUmediareps

WHAT: NASA’s Cassini spacecraft was just sent crashing into the planet Saturn, ending the flight that launched 20 years ago, but the scientific mission goes on. For decades to come, scientists will be studying the vast quantity of information that the Cassini orbiter sent back since the Saturn orbit began in 2004 and the Huygens lander separated and alighted on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, in 2005.

WHO: Professor Darrell Strobel, an astrophysicist with the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, has been part of the Cassini-Huygens mission from the early planning stages and has been analyzing that information for years. An expert on planetary atmospheres, Strobel has published and co-published two book chapters and several papers on Saturn and Titan. He is available to discuss his findings and the work that remains to be done in understanding the atmospheres of the various worlds in the Saturn system – a planet and 62 moons – including the tantalizing question of whether their environment is similar to a primitive Earth, or could support life.

WHEN: Strobel, who is at Cassini mission control in Pasadena, California, can be reached on his cell phone, 410-402-0156, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, Sept. 15, and on Saturday. For available times on Saturday, email Strobel at strobel@jhu.edu. You can also contact media representative Arthur Hirsch at 443-997-9909 or 443-462-8702 to make arrangements to talk with Strobel in California, or when he returns to Baltimore.


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