Video: Carolyn Porco Discusses Her Life at Saturn

by Nancy Atkinson on April 21, 2014

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Space historian Andrew Chaikin sat down with planetary scientist Carolyn Porco, and she discusses how her career has ended up focusing on the Saturn system. I love how Porco relates how even she has been “blown away” by some of the imagery sent back by the missions — just like the rest of us! — saying she’s had to call members of her team several times to verify she wasn’t looking at computer simulations vs. real images.

Planetary scientists Carolyn Porco. Via NASA/JPL.

Planetary scientists Carolyn Porco. Via NASA/JPL.

Enjoy this candid interview of one of the leading planetary scientists of our day.


Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Jeffrey Boerst April 22, 2014 at 2:33 AM

Wow, what a lucky person she is!! Brought tears to my eyes several times… ;)

zero_gravitas April 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM

I used to take Planetary Science classes – and some honor’s colloquiums – at the University of Arizona in the mid-90′s – and most of those classes were in the Kuiper Building/LPL (Lunar & Planetary Lab) – and was also in UofA/SEDS (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space – who’s then-tiny office was at the time housed in the basement of the LPL.) – and I saw Carolyn Porco around a *lot* – and I wish I had been brave enough to talk to her (many of the professors were much more approachable – and even *liked* to be approached – than student fears and lores lead on about….)

(And I hope that this doesn’t come off ass *too* blatantly sexist – but a lot of the younger males found her kinda attractive. Pretty and smart are a great combo, IMHO.)

Another great guy (now long moved on) was Dr. Eugene Levey (NOT the comet Levey – but her was *also* around and kept an open office…)

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