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Titanic Titan

  1. Dec 26, 2004 #1
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    go Huygens!
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    NASA lowballed the durability of the last two Mars landers, saying that they were only expected to operate for 100 days. I hope they are doing the same when they downplay the possibility that Huygens will operate all the way down to the surface of Titan. A 15 m.p.h. impact is predicted, according to the newspaper.
  5. Dec 28, 2004 #4
    It's a rather standard policy in space agencies to build probes to last an estimated amount of time and then take a smaller fraction of that time to qualify if a mission is "successful" or not. I'm sure Huygens was built on the same principle: assuming something ghastly doesn't happen to its parachute etc it'll be fine.
    Can't wait for the pictures myself! Anyone know around what time they'll start coming in yet?
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