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113: Belt and suspenders spacecraft with Julie Webster

Cassini ’s spacecraft operations team manager,  Julie Webster , stops by the show to reflect on Cassini. We chat about the time Cassini dove through Titan’s atmosphere, how Julie monitored thousands of channels of telemetry at once, and how she’s happy that she doesn’t have to spend her time thinking through worst-case scenarios (or “awfulizing”) now that the spacecraft is no more.

Cassini’s spacecraft operations team manager, Julie Webster, stops by the show to reflect on Cassini. We chat about the time Cassini dove through Titan’s atmosphere, how Julie monitored thousands of channels of telemetry at once, and how she’s happy that she doesn’t have to spend her time thinking through worst-case scenarios (or “awfulizing”) now that the spacecraft is no more.

Julie's view of her desktop while she was monitoring Cassini's telemetry.  Credit: Julie Webster

Julie's view of her desktop while she was monitoring Cassini's telemetry.

Credit: Julie Webster

Cassini's loss of signal, as described by Julie on the show.  Credit: Julie Webster

Cassini's loss of signal, as described by Julie on the show.

Credit: Julie Webster

105: Tectonic fabric with Dr. Donnellan

Dr. Andrea Donnellan  stops by the show to talk about  GeoGateway , a website that combines different datasets to help geologists. She explains how rocks move like silly putty, and recounts the time a lone cloud masqueraded as tectonic motion.  Bonus music at the end is “ Glorious Dawn ” by Colorpulse. Hear more rad science tunes at  www.symphonyofscience.com .  Image: Portion of  GeoGateway  data.

Dr. Andrea Donnellan stops by the show to talk about GeoGateway, a website that combines different datasets to help geologists. She explains how rocks move like silly putty, and recounts the time a lone cloud masqueraded as tectonic motion.

Bonus music at the end is “Glorious Dawn” by Colorpulse. Hear more rad science tunes at www.symphonyofscience.com.

Image: Portion of GeoGateway data.

84: Saturn’s siren song with Dr. Burton

Dr. Marcia Burton  stops by the show to talk about radio waves from Saturn, as measured by the  Cassini Spacecraft . We listen to some audio clips, and she explains why it is so difficult to measure the length of Saturn’s day.  Links to the spectograms associated with the audio clips ( [1] , [2] ) on the show.   Link  to NPR story on Chronos String Quartet peice inspired by Saturn radio emissions.

Dr. Marcia Burton stops by the show to talk about radio waves from Saturn, as measured by the Cassini Spacecraft. We listen to some audio clips, and she explains why it is so difficult to measure the length of Saturn’s day.

Links to the spectograms associated with the audio clips ([1],[2]) on the show.

Link to NPR story on Chronos String Quartet peice inspired by Saturn radio emissions.