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Lady of the Rings: Saturn Surveyor Carolyn Porco


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Enceladus, moon of Saturn

Enceladus and its famous jets, backlit by the sun.

NASA / JPL / CICLOPS

When Carolyn Porco started exploring the outer solar system, it was all about the rings. Her 1983 doctoral thesis at Caltech focused on shifting spokes in Saturn’s rings discovered by the Voyager spacecraft. As Voyager sailed past Uranus and Neptune, Porco led a group dedicated to their rings, too.

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