Cassini Spacecraft Developers Visit UVa

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

November 14, 2006

Scientists who helped develop a breakthrough spacecraft met at the University of Virginia Engineering Department Tuesday.

More than 50 scientists who developed parts of the Cassini spacecraft showed off some of their work to the wahoos at Newcomb Hall. The mission was part of a three day conference to discuss recent findings on Saturn since launching NASA's largest and most complex spacecraft in 2004.

"When you have these meeting at universities, we invite students to come in, and see what's going on to see how science in done. You know, scientist get into arguments with each other, and students don't appreciate that," said David Young who helped develop parts of the Cassini spacecraft.

Cassini is scheduled to continue orbiting Saturn and its moons for another six years.

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