Next Meeting Presentation

3 August June 2017 Next Presentation

an Astronomy Guest Speaker Series Event – a collaboration of the Astronomy Club of Asheville and UNC Asheville

Thursday night, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – In the Manheimer Room at the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus. This meeting is free and open to the general public.

Jonathan Ward, NASA Solar System Ambassador  – Cassini’s Grand Finale: A Daring End to a Glorious Mission”




After thirteen years in orbit around Saturn and almost twenty years in space, the Cassini spacecraft has begun the final chapter of its mission: its Grand Finale.

This year, NASA has directed Cassini to undertake a daring set of weekly dives that send Cassini between the inner edge of Saturn’s rings and just above the planet’s cloud tops. On September 15, 2017, Cassini will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere and be destroyed.

This presentation will share the latest science findings and images returned by Cassini during the Grand Finale. We will also celebrate the amazing discoveries made by the probe during its mission, including recent findings about the moon Enceladus’ ability to support life processes.