U.S. planetary scientist Porco, director of Mission Operations and the Imaging Team Leader on the Cassini Saturn Mission at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, will be the Fall Lecturer in The Jefferson Center's semi-annual lecture series.




Wired magazine calls Carolyn Porco "the scientist who made Saturn a Rock Star." Porco will present her illustrated talk, "The Cosmos and Life: The Greatest Story Ever Told," at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, in Lecture Room 118, Science Hall, on the campus of Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.




Porco, who received her Ph.D. in 1983 from the California Institute of Technology, will address how the exploration of space encourages the highest aspirations of humanity. She has been an active participant in the planetary exploration program of the U.S. for more than 15 years as a member of many NASA committees in addition to major positions on several NASA missions.




She has added greatly to our knowledge of the planets Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. An asteroid has been named after her in recognition of her leadership in the spacecraft exploration of the Solar System.




The Jefferson Center is a non-profit educational center headquartered in Ashland, which promotes "critical thinking and intellectual honesty" through programs that further a "humanistic worldview and Jeffersonian ideals."




Tickets are $10. Students admitted free.




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