2 mins read 18 Nov 2019

The Wonders of Saturn: Cassini’s Intriguing Discoveries

18 Nov 2019 | 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Macquarie University, Sydney

Dr. Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist, JPL - NASA presenting findings from the successful Cassini mission at the annual Allison Levick Lecture.


The Cassini spacecraft orbited Saturn for 13 years, sending back data that revolutionized our understanding of Saturn, its rings and moons.  Cassini’s findings have fundamentally altered many of our ideas of where life might be found in our solar system and beyond.  Cassini Project Scientist, Linda Spilker, will present highlights of the Cassini mission’s most exciting discoveries.

The robotic spacecraft arrived in 2004 after a 7-year flight from Earth, dropped a parachuted probe named Huygens to study the atmosphere and surface of Saturn’s big moon Titan, and commenced making astonishing discoveries as Cassini orbited Saturn until the mission ended with a fiery plunge into the planet’s atmosphere on 15 September 2017.  Key discoveries include icy jets shooting from the tiny moon Enceladus from a liquid water ocean beneath its icy crust, and lakes of liquid hydrocarbons and methane rain on Saturn’s giant moon Titan.


Dr. Linda Spilker - Cassini Project Scientist, JPL/NASA

Dr. Linda Spilker is a planetary scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.  She has participated in NASA and international planetary missions for over 40 years.  As Cassini Project Scientist Dr. Spilker led a team of over 300 international scientists and was also a Co-Investigator with the Cassini Composite Infrared Spectrometer team, focusing on studies of Saturn’s rings. 

She has received a number of NASA awards including two NASA Exceptional Service Medals and a NASA Outstanding Public Leadership Medal.

Getting There

Macquarie University
Macquarie Theatre
21 Wally's Walk
North Ryde, NSW 2109

Easiest transport is to take the train/metro or buses to Macquarie University and ~10-minute stroll to the theatre from there.

If driving, note the Macquarie Uni carparks are free for entry after 6pm.


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