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Huygens and Titan

Huygens and Titan

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, September 14, 2017/Categories: natural history, space science, art and design, environment

                                                       The Face of Saturn from Cassini (credit: JPL)

Cassini carried the ESA's Huygens probe that was to become the first robot to land on a moon in the outer solar system, Titan. Huygens sent back a stream of photography and video during its descent onto a dry river bed on Titan's surface. Cassini itself continued touring Saturn and its moons but returned to Titan during nearly 100 fly-bys to map its surface and analyze its smogy methane and nitrogen atmosphere. Titan was used by JPL mission managers to adjust Cassini's orbit so the craft would plunge into Saturn's dense atmosphere as its final act of exploration. A perspective on Huygens is here:

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