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2005-01-14 07:05:00

Astrobiology Magazine -- For nearly a decade, scientists around the world have been waiting patiently for the European Space Agency's Huygens probe to arrive at its destination: Saturn's giant moon Titan. Now, as the Huygens science team gathers at ESA's control center in Darmstadt, Germany, that wait is almost over. Huygens has finally descended down through Titan's thick shroud of fog, taking a host of measurements along the way, and has successfully landed on Titan. Scientists...

2005-01-04 08:16:45

ESA -- On January 14, 2005, while the real Huygens Probe is descending through Titan's atmosphere 1.25 billion kilometres from Earth, an exact engineering copy will be on hand in Darmstadt, Germany, ready to serve as a troubleshooting test bed for spacecraft operations engineers. Joe Wheadon, a 32-year veteran ESA engineer, points to the Huygens Engineering Model (EM) sitting just outside the mission's Dedicated Control Room. "It is a true, one-to-one copy; everything functions just as...

2004-11-25 09:00:12

Scientists from around the world were at the UA this week planning the Christmas release of a probe to study Titan, Saturn's largest moon. The Huygens probe will separate from the spacecraft Cassini on Dec. 25 and begin its descent to the surface of Titan as part of NASA's Cassini-Huygens mission. The University of Arizona has more than two dozen researchers working on the $3.4 billion mission, more than any other university. Six testing instruments are on board the Huygens probe,...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Cassini-Huygens Mission -- The Cassini unmanned space probe is intended to study Saturn and its moons. It was launched on October 15, 1997 and is estimated to enter Saturn's orbit on July 1, 2004. The mission is a joined NASA/ESA project. Cassini's principal objectives are to: -- determine the three-dimensional structure and dynamical behavior of the rings -- determine the composition of the satellite surfaces and the geological history of each object -- determine the nature and...

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