After a 7-year interplanetary voyage, NASAs Cassini spacecraft will reach Saturn this July and begin what promises to be one of the most exciting missions in planetary exploration history.
After years of work, scientists have just completed plans for Cassinis observations of Saturns largest moon, Titan.
"Of course, no battle plan survives contact with the enemy," said Ralph Lorenz, an assistant research scientist at the University of Arizonas Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson.
Lorenz is a member of both the Cassini spacecrafts radar mapping team and a co-investigator of the Surface Science Package on the Huygens probe. He is talking today (Saturday, Feb. 14) at the press conference, "What Will Titan Be Like?" at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Seattle.
Lorenz began working on the Huygens project as an engineer for the European Space Agency in 1990, then earned his doctorate from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England, while building one of the probes experiments. He joined the University of Arizona in 1994 where he started work on Cassinis Radar investigation. He is a co-author of the book, "Lifting Titans Veil" published in 2002 by Cambridge University Press.
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