CSTAR Distinguished Lecture Series

The CSTAR Distinguished Lecture Series invites speakers from around the world to present on the frontiers of astrophysics, Earth science, planetary science, robotics, space policy, space technology, and space systems engineering.  These lectures are free and open to the community.


Upcoming Lectures:

February 22, 2017 - Dr. Linda Spilker

"Going out in a Blaze of glory:  Cassini Science Highlights and the Grand Finale"

 7:00-8:00 at the Scheller School of Business Auditorium

The Cassini mission’s findings have revolutionized our understanding of Saturn, its complex rings, the amazing assortment of moons and the planet’s dynamic magnetic environment. Cassini’s Grand Finale begins in April 2017 with repeated dives between the innermost ring and the top of Saturn’s atmosphere. Cassini will send back its final bits of unique data on September 15, 2017 as it plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere, vaporizing to protect tiny Enceladus, one of Saturn’s ocean worlds. Come and hear the story of recent science discoveries and the upcoming excitement during the final orbits. Dr. Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist, will present highlights of Cassini’s ambitious inquiry at Saturn and an overview of science observations in the final orbits.

Dr. Linda Spilker is a NASA research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. She is currently the Cassini Project Scientist and a Co-Investigator on the Cassini Composite Infrared Spectrometer team and has worked on Cassini since 1988. Since joining JPL almost 40 years ago she has worked on the Voyager Project, the Cassini Project and conducted independent research on the origin and evolution of planetary ring systems. She enjoys yoga and hiking in National Parks, including her favorite park, Yosemite. She is married, with three daughters and five grandchildren.



Previous Distinguished Lectures:

Why We Explore?

James H. Crocker
November 18, 2015

Understanding Particles and Fields Throughout the Solar System

Dr. Daniel N. Baker
October 7, 2015

Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity and the Exploration of the Red Planet

Dr. Steve Squyres
April 13, 2015

The Voyager spacecraft after 37 years in space:
The quest for traveling beyond our solar system

Dr. Stamatios Krimigis
January 12, 2015