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- Astronomy - Sep 22 Observatory detects extragalactic cosmic rays hitting the Earth
- Astronomy - Sep 22 New ANU agreement to strengthen Australian space industry
- Astronomy - Sep 21 Neutrino facility could change understanding of the universe
- Astronomy - Sep 21 Scientist leading UK’s £65m scientific collaboration with US
- Physics - Sep 21 UK pledges Â£65million to the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment
- Astronomy - Sep 21 Lancaster involved in £65m science partnership agreement with US
- Physics - Sep 21 Warwick physicists in new $500 million international partnership to probe some of universes most mysterious particles
- Astronomy - Sep 21 Sussex proud to be part of major new project to explore mysteries of the universe
- Astronomy - Sep 20 Galaxy- spotting telescope that studied star formation celebrated by scientists
- Astronomy - Sep 20 First steps: returning humanity to the Moon
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- Astronomy - Sep 19 Solar antics
- Astronomy - Sep 14 Farewell, Cassini: What have we learned about Saturn?
Space in Images
In December 2004, after a seven-year journey as part of the international Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn , ESA’s Huygens probe separated from NASA’s Cassini orbiter to make a lonely one-way voyage to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.
Just days later, on 14 January 2005, as the world watched breathlessly, Huygens plunged into Titan’s dense atmosphere, deployed parachutes and then spent a leisurely two and a half hours descending to the surface, transmitting scientific data the entire time, which was relayed by Cassini back to NASA’s 70 m-diameter deep-space network on Earth.
At 12:34 GMT that day, Huygens landed with a bounce and confirmation was received at ESA’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, with the first data signals arriving at 16:19 GMT.
That afternoon, the Huygens Spacecraft Operations Manager, Claudio Sollazzo, was watching intently in the Main Control Room for the first data to arrive.
When the signal came in, a loud cheer went up and the success of Cassini and Huygens was transmitted worldwide by the gathered media.
Titan remains one of only two moons ever to receive landers, and the descent still marks the most distant landing achieved by humanity.
On 15 September 2017, Cassini will dive to destruction into Saturn’s atmosphere, ending a hugely successful mission that has generated a wealth of scientific data that will be studied for many years to come.
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