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Here is what Cassini Huygens spacecraft explored when it landed on Saturn moon Titan

It was twelve and a half year journey for Huygens orbiting Saturn after which it landed on Titan which is the largest satellite of planet Saturn.


By   |  Updated On : January 13, 2017 01:56 PM
Imsge of Saturn

Imsge of Saturn

New Delhi :  

Huygens, which is part of mother ship Cassini, became the first spacecraft to land on an object in the outer solar system in January 2005. It was twelve and a half year journey for Huygens orbiting Saturn after which it landed on Titan which is the largest satellite of planet Saturn.

Titan appeared to be a fascinating heavenly body with thick orangish clouds surrounding it. There are rivers and lakes of Hydrocarbons (like liquid methane and ethane) that makes Titan the only object in space other than Earth to have stable bodies of surface liquid.

The temperature on Titan remains hundreds of degrees below zero and scientist still wonder on the possibility of life swimming in methane seas of Titan.

A new video from NASA JPL uses photos and data taken by the Huygens probe during its decent to recreate the landing on Titan.

Even though Huygens had only minutes to transmit data to Cassini before the mothership dipped below Titan's horizon, leaving Huygens cut off from humanity, the small probe still managed to reveal the rugged highlands and intricate ravines and drainage channels that crisscross Titan.

First Published: Thursday, January 12, 2017 06:42 PM

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