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Titan surface probe

  1. Oct 23, 2004 #1


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    here is an article posted yesterday (Friday)

    what other articles do you have about this?

    a flyby of Titan by the Cassini craft
    releasing a small probe, Huygens,
    intended to parachute to surface (possibly liquid)

    Cassini will come within 1200 km of Titan
    Huygens will be released during the flyby and will
    take several weeks to approach the moon

    Huygens descent thru Titan atmosphere is scheduled
    to occur in late December, around christmas

    the article points out that this is the first attempt to
    land a probe on any moon besides earth's.
    No probe has been landed on a Mars moon or on a Jovian moon.

    have there been recent threads about Cassini, and in particular
    about the Huygens probe? Anyone have links to other
    current articles?
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  3. Oct 23, 2004 #2
    Here is a link to Nasa's Cassini-Huygens misision.
    One or two months ago I had downloaded an interesting report from this web, but now I don't find it here. PF doesn't allow to attach this pdf archive because of its size.

    And from ESA...

    Other links in Sci.Am.: http://www.sciam.com/search/index.cfm?QT=Q&SC=Q&Q=cassini&x=0&y=0

    And in the Max Planck
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  4. Oct 24, 2004 #3
    I found this quite helpful.....


    I believe Huygens' arrival at Titan will now be mid-January 2005 due to rescheduling of the mission. The reason for rescheduling is quite interesting in itself, I'll try to find links...


    EDIT: this page gives a rough outline why it had to be rescheduled...
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    It is a relief to read that Cassini will store Huygens' data on a 'solid-state recorder.' I remember the problems the Galileo probe had with the tape recorder it used to store digital data.
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