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Carolyn Porco

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Carolyn Porco is an American planetary scientist and the leader of the imaging science team on the Cassini mission presently in orbit around Saturn. In 1999, she was selected by The London Sunday Times as one of 18 scientific leaders of the 21st century, and by Industrial Week as one of 50 Stars to Watch. Porco was responsible for the epitaph and proposal to honor the late renowned planetary geologist Eugene Shoemaker by sending his cremains to the Moon aboard the Lunar Prospector spacecraft in 1998. Her contributions to the exploration of the outer solar system were recognized with the naming of Asteroid Porco which is "Named in honor of Carolyn C. Porco, a pioneer in the study of planetary ring systems...and a leader in spacecraft exploration of the outer solar system". She was awarded the Isaac Asimov Science Award in 2008 by the American Humanist Association.. She gave the opening speech for Pangea Day, a global broadcast coordinated from 6 cities around the world that took place on May 10, 2008, in which she described the cosmic context for human existence.

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