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They Were the First, and the Last, to Hear from Huygens

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/02/07 10:00 CST

On January 14, 2005, the eyes of the world were on the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, where Huygens mission operators were anxiously awaiting news from Huygens. Would the little probe -- a mission built in seventeen countries, more than twenty years in the making -- be a success, or would it prove a repeat of the heartbreaking silence of Beagle 2?

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Raw Images from Huygens

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/01/16 10:00 CST

In the 48 hours since Huygens' data first began streaming back to Earth, a few processed images of the channeled landscape and bouldery landing site have been released to the public. Now, the Descent Imager Spectral Radiometer team at the University of Arizona has put all of Huygens' images online for the public to view.

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Descent Imager Spectral Radiometer (DISR)
Optical Remote Sensing Instrument for the Huygens Probe

Posted by Amir Alexander on 2005/01/10 10:00 CST

The Descent Imager Spectral Radiometer crams six sub-instruments into a tiny footprint within the Huygens probe.

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Titan: Arizona in an Icebox?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2004/01/21 10:00 CST

A week after Huygens' descent, the emerging picture of the surface of that smoggy world is of an arid, icy desert, where periodic storms of methane rain create transient rivers that wash sooty soil from icy highlands out to short-lived pools and lakes. The pools dry up -- perhaps sinking into a sandy soil of glass-like water ice -- and the Titanian desert waits for another methane storm.

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Cassini Captures Its First Image of Saturn

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2002/11/01 12:00 CST

The Cassini spacecraft has captured its first image of its target planet, Saturn.

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