Cassini-Huygens, a joint U.S.-European mission to Saturn and its moon Titan, was launched October 15, 1997, flew past the planets Venus, Earth, and Jupiter, and entered Saturn orbit July 1, 2004. One of the major scientific instruments aboard is RPWS which is gathering data for the Radio and Plasma Wave Science investigation. From November 1990 to October 2015, Donald A. Gurnett was the Principal Investigator for the Cassini RPWS team. On October 20, 2015, at Prof Gurnett's request NASA transferred the responsibilities of the RPWS team Principal Investigator to William S. Kurth. Both Prof. Gurnett and Dr. Kurth are at The University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy, where much of the flight hardware and software was developed.
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