A mind-bending exploration of Saturn and its moons – and the possibility of life in the salt-water mists of one moon, Enceladus. Dr. Carolyn Porco leads NASA’s digital imaging team on the Cassini mission, which has been exploring Saturn since 2004. Dr. Porco and her team have brought back breath-taking photographs, which transport us across Saturn’s great luminous rings and onto the surface of its strange, extreme and wondrous moons.
A mind-bending exploration of Saturn and its moons – and the possibility of life in the salt-water mists of one moon, Enceladus. From the school of 'pure narrative' documentary, of which 'An Inconvenient Truth' is the best-known example, the film chronicles the journey and science of the historic Cassini Mission, as told by Dr. Carolyn Porco, who leads NASA's digital imaging team on the Cassini spacecraft, and using the vast archive of actual photographs and radar images taken by the mission.In 2010, Dr. Porco received the prestigious Carl Sagan Medal for her contributions to the public understanding of our exploration of the planets. In this film, Dr. Porco describes the astonishing discoveries Cassini has made, including the discovery of salt water jets shooting into space from the South Pole of Enceladus, and the singular landing of a probe on the surface of Saturn's moon, Titan – making it the most distant outpost of human exploration.'Saturn's Embrace' documents Dr. Porco's personal story of the mission, its science and its compelling impact on our knowledge of how the universe evolved, if not of how life itself evolved in the solar system.Renowned author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins observes, 'If it turns out there is the starting of life (on Enceladus) twice in one planetary system, then that immediately means that our estimates of the amount of life in the universe shoot up — we have to say that the universe is simply crawling with life.'