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2005-01-14 07:33:33

As the Huygens probe nears its mission endpoint, the concept of trying to land an instrument on the supercold Earth-like moon, Titan, seems enough to engender wonder. But looking back over its conception at least two decades ago, the probe's trajectory stands out as a gem of planetary exploration. Astrobiology Magazine -- As the Huygens probe begins its descent through Titan's thick haze, few can offer the unique perspective of those who were there in the room when the daring concept for the...

2005-01-14 07:25:00

During its descent towards the surface of Saturn's moon Titan, the Huygens probe will image the landscape surrounding its landing target. Zooming in on what lies underneath the thick haze can offer only surprises since little is known about the basic liquid, solid or swampy composition. Astrobiology Magazine -- This map below illustrates the planned imaging coverage for the Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer, onboard the European Space Agency's Huygens probe during the probe's descent toward...

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...

2005-01-13 16:35:00

Anthony Del Genio of the Cassini Imaging team takes a tour of the strange and perplexing world, Titan, where hurricane winds and supercold smog promise some of the most startling imagery in our solar system. The mission to descend towards Titan's surface will draw global attention, when a tiny space probe will test the limits of parachutes, cameras and communications. Astrobiology Magazine -- Imagine descending through hurricane-like conditions where wind speeds can reach 400 miles per hour...

2005-01-13 16:25:00

ESA -- Cassini-Huygens is the largest interplanetary spacecraft ever built. Gravity-assists from two swing-bys of Venus and one of Earth provide the equivalent of 68,040 kilograms of rocket fuel. During the long journey to Saturn, ESA scientists 'woke up' the Huygens probe every six months to check that all was well. The Huygens probe can withstand temperatures of up to 18,000°C in front of the heat shield. The heat generated as Huygens travels through Titan's thick gas atmosphere will...

2005-01-13 07:43:23

On Thursday, January 13th, Saturn will be 750 million miles from Earth--the closest we get to the ringed planet this year. Science@NASA -- When the sun sets on Thursday, January 13th, a golden star will rise in the east. Soaring overhead at midnight, it will be up all night long, beautiful and eye-catching. That "star" is Saturn. January 13th is a special date for Saturn because that's when it is closest to Earth: only 750 million miles away, compared to a maximum distance of almost a...

2005-01-12 07:45:00

After flying 2 billion miles, a probe to Saturn's moon will attempt what has never been tried before. The Huygens' probe will plunge into Titan and its mysterious atmosphere on Jan. 14, 2005. Whether it will crash or splash has become of extreme scientific interest to those watching the controlled collision. Astrobiology Magazine -- Joined at the hip for the last seven years, Cassini and Huygens finally separated Dec. 24 PST after a 3.5 billion kilometer (2.2 billion mile) journey through our...

2005-01-11 14:05:00

ESA -- On Christmas Day 2004, the Cassini spacecraft flawlessly released ESA's Huygens probe, passing another challenging milestone for Cassini-Huygens mission. But, with no telemetry data from Huygens, how do we know the separation went well? At 3:00 CET on December 25, the critical sequence loaded into the software on board Cassini was executed and, within a few seconds, Huygens was sent on its 20-day trip towards Titan. As data from Cassini confirm, the pyrotechnic devices were fired...

2005-01-10 07:35:00

ESA -- The Huygens DCR at ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany, was calm yesterday as engineers count the minutes to the probe's entry into Titan's atmosphere, due January 14, 2005 at approximately 10:07 CET. Huygens is coasting in dormant mode after its release from Cassini last month. "Huygens will be woken up for preheating by autotimers and send its first data to Cassini shortly after firing its parachute. By then, the probe will have been awake for 4 hours and 28 minutes," said Martin...

2005-01-08 11:01:52

Counting down the top ten astrobiology stories for 2004 highlights the accomplishments of those exploring Mars, Saturn, comets, and planets beyond Pluto. Number two in this countdown was the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and its Earth-like moon, Titan. Astrobiology Magazine -- Six years ago, then NASA Associate Administrator Wesley Huntress, Jr., stated , "Wherever liquid water and chemical energy are found, there is life. There is no exception." Few opportune years like 2004 have...

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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...

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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