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What's Planetary Scientist Dr. Carolyn Porco Up To These Days?

One of my favorite scientists is being featured again.

Planetary scientist Dr. Carolyn Porco is the leader of the Imaging Science Team on the Cassini mission and director of the Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations. I first heard of her from her work on the Voyager missions and I had a chance to meet her in person a few years ago when she spoke at the Boston Museum of Science.

Today's New York Times features this article on her, An Odyssey From the Bronx to Saturn's Rings, in which it is revealed that she's now working on New Horizons and consulting for the next Star Trek film. Go read it.

I publicly offer my congratulations on her recent achievements, while at the same time note how glad I am that there continue to be such excellent role models for women (and men!) working in the field of planetary science.

My previous blog posts about Dr. Carolyn Porco (read the second one for the story of when we heard her speak):
Dr. Carolyn Porco at the Museum of Science (April 13, 2004)
Enceladus, Dr. Carolyn Porco, and the Power of the Internet (March 10, 2006)
The Necessity of Space Exploration (February 20, 2007)
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As the father of two daughters, I'll bet you see new importance in strong female role models in the sciences now :)
I always have seen the importance before, this just makes it more personal.

Wow. I have daughters. Still trying to wrap my brain around that.

When are you coming over to meet them?
Let's set a date! I have a policy of not inviting myself over to visit new parents (unless they're relatives), because I know how much of a life earthquake babies are.
How about tonight? You could bring us food from Rami's or Jerusalem Pita. :-)

(Maybe we should take this to email...)
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