Physics and Space Sciences

Public Science Lecture Series

In our monthly public Science Lecture Series we host an evening lecture on a topic of general interest in science in the auditorium Olin Engineering Complex (room EC 118, see map below) on the 4th Friday of each month during the academic year. The lectures are at 8 p.m., and are followed at 9 p.m. by a public viewing session at the campus observatory on the roof of the Olin Physical Sciences Building (weather permitting). 

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Crying About a Spacecraft: The Cassini Legacy

Fri Sep 22, 2017

Dr. Csaba Palotai

Dept. of Physics and Space Sciences

Florida Insttute of Technology


The Cassini-Huygens mission, one of the most successful projects in the history of Solar System exploration ended on September 15, 2017. The spectacular photos it has returned over its 13 years of operation made it a household name. The spacecraft's instruments revealed details of the many secrets the Saturnian system holds. The body of the Cassini dataset aided many scientific discoveries about Saturn’s atmosphere, its rings, the diverse satellites, and through all this about the entire Solar System. It revolutionized our view and sparked new ideas about planetary habitability. But the story does not end with the spacecraft's plunge into the planet, scientists around the world will mine the Cassini data for years and decades to come and will find additional pieces of the puzzle. In this talk, we will look back to the most memorable moments of the mission and celebrate the engineering and scientific marvel that was the result of our curiosity.

Want even more astronomy?

Check out the Brevard Astronomical Society for local-area amateur astronomers (including students) to meet, discuss science and equipment, tips and techniques. If you'd like to join BAS please reach out to them via email


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Once on campus, park in the lot adjacent to the buildings marked 1 or 2. Talks will take place in the building marked 1 (Olin Engineering Complex Auditorium, room EC 118). Observing will take place on the roof of the building marked 2 (Physical Sciences Building) weather permitting.

FIT Map Showing Location of Astro Lecture Events