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Richard Saul Wurman
Creator of TED Conferences and Information Architect
Newport, United States

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Carolyn Porco

Planetary Scientist

Mill Valley, CA, United States

Generally thinking:

Education & Academia
Global Issues
Government & Community
Media & Journalism
Body, Mind & Science

My tags:

Animation & VFXClimate ChangeDigital MediaEnvironmentScienceMedia RelationsMuseumsSustainabilityTelevisionVisual Arts

About me & my work:

I am the leader of the imaging science team on the Cassini mission presently in orbit around Saturn, a veteran imaging scientist of the Voyager mission to the outer solar system in the 1980s, and an imaging scientist on the New Horizons mission on its way to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. My team and I have been analyzing the images that Cassini has been sending back since it left Earth in 1999.

Back in the mid-1980s, while still working on my doctorate, I was drafted onto a team at JPL that was crunching the mountains of data coming back from the Voyager fly-by of Saturn. My work on the planet's "ringlets," and on a spoke pattern noticed in the rings, made an important connection between Saturn's rings and its magnetic field -- and cemented my connection with Saturn.

I have co-authored over 120 scientific papers on a variety of subjects in astronomy and planetary science and have become a regular public commentator on science, astronomy, planetary exploration, and the intersection of science and religion. My popular science writings have appeared in such publications as the London Sunday Times, The New York Times, the Guardian, Astronomy magazine, the PBS and BBC websites, the Arizona Daily Star, Sky and Telescope, Scientific American, and American Scientist.

My links:

Carolyn Porco | My personal/professional website

Diamond Sky Productions | Website for my small company

CICLOPS | Website where publicly released Cassini images are posted & other info can be found. Here you'll find an Artroom (where the work of well known space artists is posted), a Theatre room (where movies made from Cassini images are posted), and all the publicly released Voyager and New Horizon images can be found too


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