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New video celebrates 10 years on Titan

By T.K. Randall
January 15, 2015 · Comment icon 6 comments



Artist's impression of Huygens parachuting down towards Titan's surface. Image Credit: NASA
The tenth anniversary of Huygens' descent on to the Saturnian moon has been marked with a new video.
It doesn't seem like it, but ten years have now passed since the Huygens probe detached from the Cassini spacecraft and headed down through the thick atmosphere of Saturn's enigmatic moon Titan on a journey that no space probe had ever attempted before.

The results of the mission were groundbreaking, offering a never-before-seen view of Titan and providing scientists with valuable data from which many discoveries have since been made.
For most people however it was the breathtaking series of images that Huygens took as it descended towards the surface that remains the most memorable part of the mission.

"The images taken by the falling probe and released to the public that night were everything our images from orbit were not: unfiltered, exquisitely detailed views of the moon's surface and unambiguous in their account," wrote Cassini scientist Carolyn Porco.

Now in celebration of the tenth anniversary of this achievement, a new video, which can be viewed below, has been released to reveal the probe's harrowing descent like never before.



Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (6)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Atuke 8 years ago
It doesn't say what studio this was filmed in?
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
It doesn't say what studio this was filmed in? Does it matter? A great accomplishment is being honored. Or are you saying the whole thing was staged ala the Moon landings?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Atuke 8 years ago
Does it matter? A great accomplishment is being honored. Or are you saying the whole thing was staged ala the Moon landings? I hope you're not implying the moon landings were staged?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Calibeliever 8 years ago
Good lord. Has it been 10 years already? *sigh*
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
I hope you're not implying the moon landings were staged? Hell no!
Comment icon #6 Posted by Peter B 8 years ago
The Bad Astronomer's blog has a link to another video, this one containing a bunch of information about Huygens's descent: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2015/01/14/ten_years_on_titan_anniversary_of_the_huygens_probe.html It uses musical notes to help illustrate some of the data. One of the sombre things is the gradually dropping tone as Huygens's signal weakens towards the end of the video.


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