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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 that wait is over. Huygens has descended down through Titan's thick shroud of fog and has successfully landed on Titan.
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.
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.
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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