Budget cuts threaten one of NASA’s most accomplished deep-space photographers

BY Rebecca Jacobson  November 29, 2013 at 5:04 PM EDT



The Cassini spacecraft has taken stunning photos of Saturn, including its most recent portrait of the ringed planet with Mars, Venus, the Earth and the Moon visible. But with NASA budget cuts looming, could Cassini be canceled? Judy Woodruff continues her conversation with Carolyn Porco, director of the Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory.
Cassini has been the most productive planetary mission ever, Porco says. In 10 years it has discovered moons that are like Earth and that may have biological life, and there’s more to do. She says it would be “the height of folly” to not continue for the next four years.

“We could take up libraries with the information we’ve learned about the Saturn system,” Porco said. “We’re not done.”

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