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Huygens blog: It's going to be great!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/01/12 09:45 CST

In two days, it'll all be over; for better or worse, Huygens will have hit the ground on Titan, and back on Earth we'll be waiting to see whether the data will be returned. Today, I arrived at ESA's European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany.

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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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Researchers Discover Lakes on Titan

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2003/10/16 01:00 CDT

Recent radar observations of Saturn’s moon Titan have produced the first direct evidence that the second largest moon in the solar system may be hiding pools of liquid hydrocarbons underneath its smoggy atmosphere.

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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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