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Ilya
2005-Jan-14, 03:48 AM
You don't witness a first soft landing on a celestial body very often. So far there were only four. Three were Russian: first Moon landing, first Mars landing and first Venus landing; and one American: first landing on asteroid Eros. Huygens will be fifth "first" -- and first European one.

Manchurian Taikonaut
2005-Jan-14, 03:35 PM
:D very nice :P


8) its been a great project =D>

http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/huygens_descent_comm_050114.html

http://www.esa.int/export/SPECIALS/Cassini-Huygens/SEMU76HHZTD_0.html

http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.cfm

Van Rijn
2005-Jan-15, 12:32 AM
Mars 3 stopped transmitting after a few seconds. I'm not sure how "soft" that landing was. It sure wasn't very successful. Viking 1 took that crown.

Cassini/Huygens, though, is an example of a great international mission. It is a first both for ESA and NASA. All countries involved can rightfully share credit for the Titan landing. Ah, those wonderful pictures ...

Kullat Nunu
2005-Jan-15, 09:55 AM
Mars 3 stopped transmitting after a few seconds. I'm not sure how "soft" that landing was. It sure wasn't very successful. Viking 1 took that crown.

Well, Mars 3 lander started to send a picture (http://www.svengrahn.pp.se/histind/Mars3/Mars3.html) but after 79 lines it failed. So it must have been a soft landing, reasons why it did not succeed are as far as I known unknown (massive duststorm has been suspected).