The crowning moment was the epochal flyby of Neptune in August, when [Carolyn C. Porco], 36, as the designated "ring leader" of the Voyager team, stood before a throng of reporters from around the world to describe vividly the five faint, tenuous newly-discovered rings circling the huge blue planet.
"It's fair to say we got our first honest-to-goodness glimpses of ring systems with Voyager," Porco recalled. "No one knew things were going to look as complicated as they did. The vast majority of the features we see in Saturn's rings are still not explained."
Porco was one of seven women among the 178 principal Voyager scientists. As the representative of the ring team, it was she who presented Voyager's findings about Neptune's odd rings -- the only woman to appear at any of the nine Neptune press conferences.