Dr Carolyn Porco

Planetary Scientist, Head of the Cassini Imaging Team, former member of the Voyager Imaging Team, Director of Imaging Operations at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Co, Visiting Scholar at University of California at Berkeley, and Star Talk Radio All-Stars host

Dr Carolyn Porco is one of the foremost space scientists anywhere in the world. Her work on NASA’s Cassini-Huygens mission has resulted in images and discoveries being presented to the human race the like of which have never been seen before. Dr Porco has been at the heart of all the in-depth scientific insight the human race has gained from the Solar System’s most majestic planet, Saturn. Cassini is the farthest scientific outpost the human race has ever sent into space. In 2004 Cassini dropped Hyugens – a small probe – onto Titan, the largest moon around Saturn, which is 50% larger than our own moon. The images Dr Porco’s team were able to receive and publish from 1.2 billion kilometres away of Saturn, Titan and many of the other moons have secured her place in scientific history. She is a permanent fixture in many large media publication lists, including:

  • The 25 most influential people in space by Time magazine
  • Wired magazine's Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To
  • The Sunday Times (London) 18 scientific leaders of the 21st century
  • Industry Week 50 Stars to Watch
  Dr Porco has appeared at TED Talks twice, the videos have been viewed several millions of times.