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RadioMike
2004-Mar-18, 03:53 PM
I'm a bit surprised that I haven't seen much posted on the Huygens probe. As I understand it, it will take pictures all the way down to the surface of Titan. The artist's conceptions of the descent were enough to get me excited!

I take it we don't know what the lander might land on...if anything! It does not have legs precisely for that reason. I don't know if landing bags are integral to the design.

Here's hoping that we will see a truly alien world - as opposed to that which is familiar to our eyes.

And of course, let's just hope the darn thing makes it that far!! #-o

kucharek
2004-Mar-18, 03:57 PM
Yeah. Maybe because it was built in old Europe.

No bags. The atmosphere is dense enough and gravity weak enough that the chute is sufficient. Huygens is even designed to be able to float on a possible methane ocean, which would make Huygens the first craft to splash down on another world.

http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/area/index.cfm?fareaid=12

Manchurian Taikonaut
2004-Mar-18, 04:07 PM
some discussion here

Bad Astronomy Bulletin Board Forum Index -> General Astronomy >
Cassini is now no more than 60 billion metres from Saturn

Mr. X
2004-Mar-18, 11:27 PM
I should post this in general astronomy, but what color does the sky of titan look like, from the surface of titan?

ToSeek
2004-Mar-19, 01:19 AM
I should post this in general astronomy, but what color does the sky of titan look like, from the surface of titan?

See what NASA thinks. (http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/titan/index.cfm)

Manchurian Taikonaut
2004-Mar-19, 03:21 AM
Those artistic pictures of Titans landscape look wondeful, great image from NASA. But what do we know about Titan, will it look like that ???
is it like that in reality? I would imagine we know about them same stuff that we know about Titan today compared to what we knew about Venus near 1930. Well...maybe that's an over statement about it?

ToSeek
2004-Apr-14, 03:56 PM
Huygens is 375 years old today (http://www.esa.int/export/esaCP/SEM1X667ESD_index_0.html) (the astronomer, not the probe)