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December 2007

December 2007

This is our Cassini-Huygens special all about the NASA/ESA mission to the planet Saturn. We find out all about Cassini from Carl Murray and find out how radio astronomers helped recover some data from the Huygens lander. We also get the latest news from Megan and find out what you can see in the night sky from Ian.

NASA/ESA Hubble Zooms In on Heart of Mystery Comet
NASA/ESA Hubble Zooms In on Heart of Mystery Comet

Saturn seen by Voyager 1 in 1980. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Saturn seen by Voyager 1 in 1980. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

A portrait of Saturn by Cassini. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
A portrait of Saturn by Cassini. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

A cross section of Saturn's rings (D, C, B, A, and F). Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
A cross section of Saturn's rings (D, C, B, A, and F). Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Saturn, backlit rings and the Earth. The G Ring is visible. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Saturn, backlit rings and the Earth. The G Ring is visible. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

B Ring terminus. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
B Ring terminus. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Pan in the Encke Gap. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Pan in the Encke Gap. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Waves in the Encke Gap. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Waves in the Encke Gap. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Discovery of Daphnis in the Keeler Gap near the edge of the A Ring. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Discovery of Daphnis in the Keeler Gap near the edge of the A Ring. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Pandora, Prometheus and the F Ring. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Pandora, Prometheus and the F Ring. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Prometheus and knots in the F Ring. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Prometheus and knots in the F Ring. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Prometheus colliding with the F Ring. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Prometheus colliding with the F Ring. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Prometheus creates a gore in the ring once every 14.7 hours. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Prometheus creates a gore in the ring once every 14.7 hours. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

The F Ring spiral. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
The F Ring spiral. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

The Clump/Moon Mystery in the F Ring. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
The Clump/Moon Mystery in the F Ring. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Braided Channels in the F-ring. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Braided Channels in the F-ring. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Propeller-shaped features in the A Ring. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Propeller-shaped features in the A Ring. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Composite of DISR images of Titan's surface during descent. CREDIT: ESA/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Composite of DISR images of Titan's surface during descent. CREDIT: ESA/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

A fish-eye projection shows a stereographic view of Titan's surface from 5 kilometres above the surface on 14 January 2005. CREDIT: ESA/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
A fish-eye projection shows a stereographic view of Titan's surface from 5 kilometres above the surface on 14 January 2005. CREDIT: ESA/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Raw image with scales showing the surface at the landing site of the Huygens probe. CREDIT: ESA/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Raw image with scales showing the surface at the landing site of the Huygens probe. CREDIT: ESA/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

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The news - December 2007

Interview with Prof Carl Murray (Queen Mary, University of London)

Interview with Dr Leonid Gurvits (JIVE)

The night sky for December 2007

Show Credits

News:Megan Argo
Interview:Prof Carl Murray and Nick Rattenbury
Interview:Dr Leonid Gurvits, Stuart Lowe and Nick Rattenbury
Night sky this month:Ian Morison
Presenters:David Ault and Stuart Lowe
Editor:Stuart Lowe
Segment Guest Presenter:Danny Wong-McSweeney
Intro/outro script:Dave Ault
Intro/outro voices:Ian Morison as the Narrator, David Ault as The Ghost of Astronomy Past, Nick Rattenbury as Bob Rattenbury, Stuart Lowe as Stuart Scrooge, Tim O'Brien as The Ghost of Jodcast Present and Mark Bruzee was HAL
Website:Stuart Lowe
Cover art:Saturn imaged by Cassini Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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