Saturday, January 15, 2005

First images of Saturnian moon Titan's surface

The Huygens probe has sent it’s first image of the surface of Titan, Saturn’s biggest moon. More images can be found at the ESA website. ESA had this to say about the above image –

This raw image was returned by the ESA Huygens DISR camera after the probe descended through the atmosphere of Titan. It shows the surface of Titan with ice blocks strewn around. The size and distance of the blocks will be determined when the image is properly processed.

The Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn was launched way back in October 1997. It has reached saturn after taking a circuitous route by orbiting thrice around the sun in order to get the energy required for the long journey to Saturn through gravity assist.

Cassini-Huygens voyage

Unlike the Mars Rover, Huygens will stay put, but still return a wealth of information using it’s onboard instruments.

The ESA website also has a few audio recordings made by the Huygens Atmospheric Structure Instrument. Not chart busters, but still very interesting.

Here are some other relevant links.

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