View Full Version : Planned Descent Path for Huygens

2005-Sep-09, 10:39 AM
SUMMARY: Engineers at NASA and the European Space Agency have calculated Huygen's descent through Titan's atmosphere tomorrow, and they think they know where it'll land. The probe will fall by parachute for about 2 hours from an altitude of 160 km (99 miles) until it reaches the surface. During this descent, it will be taking pictures and measuring the atmosphere with five science instruments. All these data will be sent to Cassini, and then relayed back to Earth. Controllers are hoping that Cassini will get a chance to take a panoramic picture of Titan's surface as it descends, slowly spinning, to help explain the strange formations uncovered by Cassini on an earlier flyby.

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