Media Comparison Exercise

In 1997, the spacecraft named Cassini was launched into space where, for the next twenty years, it would make its way to and around Saturn. This year, in 2017, Cassini was given final directions to fall through Saturn’s atmosphere while sending final signals and sights of Saturn’s surface.

In the article by Ashley Strickland on, she tells about Cassini‘s final journey to Saturn’s surface.

Strickland includes a lot of detail by going into depth about how the crew felt after receiving the final signal, as well as telling what might be next in the science community by using what Cassini taught the scientists at NASA.

Connected to the article is a video featuring a news correspondent, Rachel Crane. Unlike Strickland’s article, Crane doesn’t go into detail about the minds behind the project.

Instead, she only gives information about Cassini‘s mission and why the craft was sent into the atmosphere instead of letting it drift.

There was also an interview featured in the video. NASA Planetary Scientist Carolyn Poro tells about the possibility of life because of the hidden ocean found on one of Saturn’s moons. Because of this possibility of a life sustaining environment, we don’t want to put our debris in it and contaminate the surface.

Crane finishes the video with news that there are currently no plans for another expedition to Saturn.



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    This will work as your news comment for this week (8), Sondra. I haven’t really dealt with this in class, but CNN is one of the few outlets that does video and print equally well. Most places don’t have the resources. The NYT does some good video, but I get the impression it’s often freelancers.

    fuglsang - October 10th, 2017 at 9:06 am

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