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Planetarium to display final Cassini photographs for October show

Although the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft probe dissolved into the atmosphere of Saturn last month, its legacy will live on through the data, images and discoveries it transmitted back to Earth over the course of its decades long journey through the solar system.

The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium will continue to celebrate that legacy for its October show, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 on the C of I’s campus. Planetarium Director Amy Truksa will lead attendees through the final images the spacecraft sent to Earth during the “grand finale” phase of its mission to Saturn.

“Tonight is your opportunity to share in the celebration of this spacecraft, what it has taught us, the beautiful images it has brought us, and how to find it nestled among the constellations,” Truksa said.

Last month’s show, which focused on the history of the mission and some of the images the probe returned to Earth before the grand finale, was held on the same day the Cassini spacecraft officially ended its mission. October’s show will include images from Cassini’s final hours as well as select images from its earlier years.

Advanced ticket purchase for the show is strongly encouraged due to limited seating. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.collegeofidaho.edu/planetarium.

Tickets for next month’s show on Nov. 10, which will also focus on the discoveries of the Cassini spacecraft, are also available, and will be the last show the planetarium will exclusively feature the Cassini.

The planetarium is located in Boone Science Building near Jewett Auditorium on the corner of 20th Avenue and Fillmore Street in Caldwell.

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.