Saturn over Titan
November 11, 2009
The Huygens probe descends through Titan's murky, brownish-orange atmosphere of nitrogen and carbon-based molecules, beaming its findings to the distant Cassini orbiter. The probe is equipped with a variety of scientific sensors to measure the physical properties of the moon's atmosphere; it also carries an imaging device to return pictures of Titan's possibly hydrocarbon-lake-dotted surface. Painting courtesy of the European Space Agency.
Topics: Environment, Cassini–Huygens, Titan, Hydrocarbons on other planets, Cassini–Huygens timeline, Huygens probe, Saturn, Space exploration