Professor Carolyn PorcoTips for Existence
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Professor Carolyn Porco is an American planetary scientist whose primary interest lies in exploring the outer Solar System. She worked alongside Carl Sagan and others on the Voyager mission involved in taking the original Pale Blue Dot image. Many years later, as image leader for the Cassini mission to Saturn, she launched The Day the Earth Smiled project. The Day the Earth Smiled is a composite photograph taken by the NASA spacecraft Cassini during an eclipse of the Sun through the rings of Saturn. On the day and time of the photograph being taken Carolyn asked for everyone to come outside, look up and wave for the photo. She also worked on the imaging team for the New Horizons mission to Pluto. Carolyn is also a frequent public speaker on space topics and was awarded the Carl Sagan Medal for her contributions to the public engagement of science.
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