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Weekly Space Hangout – Oct. 16, 2015: Dr. Carolyn Porco and Cassini Update; Sexual Harassment in Astronomy and Academia

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain)

Special Guest: Dr. Carolyn Porco is the leader of the Cassini Imaging Science team and the Director of the Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPS) at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

Pamela Gay ( / @cosmoquestx / @starstryder)
Morgan Rehnberg ( / @MorganRehnberg )
Kimberly Cartier (@AstroKimCartier )
Dave Dickinson (@astroguyz /
Nicole Gugliucci ( / @noisyastronomer)
Alessondra Springmann (@sondy)
Rhys Taylor (G+: Rhys Taylor)

This Week’s Stories:

Cassini Begins Series of Flybys with Close-up of Saturn Moon Enceladus?

Statistics of gender representation

Online harrassment fascilitates the problem

Marcy Story: Original Buzfeed Article

Marcy Story: Marcy’s open letter reply

Marcy Story: Immediate follow-up by Dr. John Johnson

Marcy Story: CSWA Chair’s Message to the Greater Astronomical Community on Harassment

More on Marcy mess and broader perspective on harassment in astronomy/academia and here

A thousand faint galaxies in the Coma cluster

Why Scientists Are Speculating About ‘Alien Superstructures’ Around an Irregular Star

Venus and Jupiter pairing

Age of the Dragon: SpaceX has ambitious plans for the Red Planet

Sierra Nevada on watch for critical cargo award

SpaceX Wrapping Up Falcon 9 Failure Investigation

Radboud radio telescope to travel with Stratos II+ rocket again

NASA chief says ban on China space cooperation is ‘temporary’

<a href=” “China is building a huge telescope to try and listen to aliens”>Here’s how NASA Wants to get to Mars

Check Out This Drone Footage Of China’s Insanely Huge Radio Telescope and here

New Horizons Sends Back New Images Of Pluto’s Smallest Moon Styx

Hubble sees an aging star wave goodbye

Climate models used to explain formation of Mars valley networks

NASA names John Honeycutt new SLS Program Manager

China has had a telescope on the moon for the past two years

#TWiM Within 80 days Elon Musk should reveal a detailed design for the Mars Colonial Transport Rocket

Young stars’ flickering light reveals remarkable link with matter-eating black holes

Hubble’s Planetary Portrait Captures New Changes in Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

VLA Reveals Spectacular “Halos” of Spiral Galaxies

AIMing a light across millions of kilometres (Asteroid Impact Mission)

Rev223 (Preview of Cassini Spacecraft Activities Around Saturn)

Repaired SpaceX rocket to fly by early December, company says

Shedding light on the growth of stars and black holes

NASA, Israel ink space cooperation agreement

Pufferfish planets could explain how hot Jupiters get so big

Comet Encke’s Tail May Shed Light on Solar Wind Heating

Blast waves in the sun’s atmosphere

What smacks into Ceres stays on Ceres, research suggests

NASA Issues New Awards for Planetary Data System

A breakthrough on the mathematical understanding of Einstein’s equations

Media Accreditation Open: Orbital ATK Space Station Resupply Mission

LMA telescope unveils rapid formation of new stars in distant galaxies

Sure, This Star Is Weird. But Aliens?

Robotic Astronomer Finds New Home

Mound near lunar south pole formed by unique volcanic process?

Cassini’s Close Flyby of Enceladus Yields Surprising, Perplexing Imagery

North Pole of Saturn’s Ocean Moon Enceladus?

ExoMars Heads to the Red Planet in 2016

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Fraser Cain

Fraser Cain is the publisher of Universe Today. He's also the co-host of Astronomy Cast with Dr. Pamela Gay.

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