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2005-01-25 07:53:04

As part of the Cassini Imaging team studying the atmosphere on Saturn, NASA's Anthony Del Genio explained in this part of his interview, how to make sense of a moon potentially making methane rain. Astrobiology Magazine -- Since the remarkable landing of the Huygens probe on the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, the community of planetary scientists has wondered anew about the discovery prospects in our own solar system. As part of the Cassini Imaging team studying the atmosphere on...

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2005-01-24 12:35:00

Since the remarkable landing of the Huygens probe on the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, the community of planetary scientists has wondered anew about the discovery prospects in our own solar system. Astrobiology Magazine -- Since the remarkable landing of the Huygens probe on the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, the community of planetary scientists has wondered anew about the discovery prospects in our own solar system. As part of the Cassini Imaging team studying the...

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2005-01-22 10:10:00

Titan is a world where bits of muck continually fall out of the smoggy sky, blanketing the frozen surface like dark gooey snow. Squalls of methane rain periodically wash the surface clean, sweeping the organic gunk into rivers. Scientific interest is sparked by the frozen moon so rich in methane that it seems ready to catch fire. Astrobiology Magazine -- The region where the Huygens probe landed looks oddly familiar. The same processes of precipitation, erosion, and abrasion that shape the...

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2005-01-21 08:07:51

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- David Atkinson spent 18 years designing an experiment for the unmanned space mission to Saturn. Now some pieces of it are lost in space. Someone forgot to turn on the instrument Atkinson needed to measure the winds on Saturn's largest moon. "The story is actually fairly gruesome," the University of Idaho scientist said in an e-mail from Germany, the headquarters of the European Space Agency. "It was human error - the command to turn the instrument on was forgotten."...

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2005-01-21 07:56:43

When Titan was viewed beneath its hazy atmosphere, a new world appeared with a mixture of the strange and familiar. Some compared the landscape of pebbles to what has appeared on Mars. Others saw the clouds or speckled dark regions as indicative of methane rain or even surf. Is this a case of fact being stranger than imagination? Astrobiology Magazine -- Interpreting aerial photographs is a matter of training and a good sense of scale. Images that look similar may mask the underlying...

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2005-01-21 07:05:00

ESA -- On January 14, ESA's Huygens probe made an historic first ever descent to the surface of Titan, 1.2 billion kilometers from Earth and the largest of Saturn's moons. Huygens traveled to Titan as part of the joint ESA/NASA/ASI Cassini-Huygens mission. Starting at about 150 kilometres altitude, six multi-function instruments on board Huygens recorded data during the descent and on the surface. The first scientific assessments of Huygens' data were presented during a press conference at...

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2005-01-19 07:30:00

ESA -- One week after the successful completion of Huygens' mission to the atmosphere and surface of Titan, the largest and most mysterious moon of Saturn, the European Space Agency is bringing together some of the probe's scientists to present and discuss the first results obtained from the data collected by the instruments. After a 4,000 million kilometre journey through the Solar System that lasted almost seven years, the Huygens probe plunged into the hazy atmosphere of Titan at...

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2005-01-18 15:25:00

There were three scenarios for the landing on Titan, assuming all went well with the hardware itself. The Huygens probe could land on solid ground, in mud, or in liquid like a lake or even ocean. The three choices could be summarized as: Would humanity's first encounter with another planet's moon end with a thud, splat or splash? Astrobiology Magazine -- Although Huygens landed on Titan's surface on 14 January, activity at ESA's European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany,...

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2005-01-15 08:45:00

The European Space Agency has released the first of several hundred images captured by the Huygens probe during its descent through the atmosphere of Saturn's giant moon Titan. They reveal a world of diverse landforms, shaped at least in part by fluid erosion. Some the images are reminiscent of early photographs of Mars. Astrobiology Magazine -- The European Space Agency has released the first of several hundred images captured by the Huygens probe during its descent through the...

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2005-01-14 14:35:00

DARMSTADT, Germany -- European space officials displayed the first pictures of the surface of Saturn's moon Titan on Friday, black and white images of what appeared to be channels cut by a liquid - like river and streambeds running through hilly terrain. The pictures were taken from about 10 miles above the surface as the European space probe Huygens descended by parachute to a safe landing, buoying hopes that the mission could shed light on the origins of life on Earth. "I think all of us...


Latest Huygens probe Reference Libraries

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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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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Saturn's moon Titan -- Titan is the planet Saturn's largest moon. It is larger than either of the planets Mercury or Pluto and is the second-largest moon in the solar system after Ganymede (it was originally thought to be slightly larger than Ganymede, but recent observations have shown that its thick atmosphere caused overestimation of its diameter). Titan was discovered on March 25, 1655 by the Dutch astronomer Christian Huygens, making it one of the first non-terrestrial moons to be...

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