Space enthusiasts invited to hear top scientists from Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn

October 11, 2005

Boulder, Colorado - Salt Lake City area residents and media will have a rare opportunity to view spectacular images and see, hear, and ask questions of top scientists working on the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. A public forum titled "Saturn and its Moons: A Ring-Side View from Cassini-Huygens" takes place at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting next week. The forum will be held Monday evening, 17 October, 7:00-8:30 p.m., at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Ballroom A/C. It is sponsored by Subaru of America, Inc., and is free of charge.

Twenty-three years after the last robotic probe ventured to Saturn, the Cassini-Huygens mission is returning spectacular images of the gas giant, its rings, and its moons. At the Public Forum, leading scientists working on these missions will give a non-technical overview of the mission and its latest results. Space enthusiasts of all ages are encouraged to attend and ask questions. Participating scientists and their topics are:

Background information on Cassini-Huygens and downloadable images are available on the Web at http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.cfm.

On Monday afternoon, these scientists and others will discuss their work in a Pardee Keynote Symposium at the GSA Annual Meeting. "The Return to Saturn: Results from Cassini-Huygens" is open only to meeting registrants and media who receive complimentary registration (i.e., this session is NOT open to the public). This technical session takes place Monday afternoon, 17 October, 1:30-5:00 p.m., in SPCC Ballroom A/C. Abstracts of these presentations may be viewed at http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2005AM/finalprogram/session_16146.htm.

GSA will provide media support before the meeting from its Boulder headquarters and during the meeting from its onsite newsroom at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Room 254C. Contact Ann Cairns, GSA Director of Communications, for additional information and assistance. Through Thursday, 13 October, she can be reached at +1-303-357-1056 or via acairns@geosociety.org. From Saturday, 15 October, through Wednesday, 19 October, she can be reached at the GSA Newsroom, Salt Palace Convention Center, +1-801-534-4770.

Approximately 6000 geoscientists from around the world are expected to attend this 117th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America. Founded in 1882 and headquartered in Boulder, CO, GSA has 18,500 members.
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