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- Astronomy - Nov 16 Images of strange solar system visitor peel away some of the mystery
- Astronomy - Nov 16 UofG astrophysicists welcome latest gravitational wave observation
- Astronomy - Nov 16 Full house for EDRS
- Astronomy - Nov 15 Salt pond in Antarctica, among the saltiest waters on Earth, is fed from beneath
- Astronomy - Nov 15 Ozone ups and downs
- Astronomy - Nov 14 Illuminating the Universe
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- Astronomy - Nov 14 With launch of new night sky survey, UW researchers ready for era of ’big data’ astronomy
- Astronomy - Nov 13 Duo of titanic galaxies caught in extreme starbursting merger
- Astronomy - Nov 9 Puzzling new supernova may be from star producing antimatter
- Physics - Nov 9 Probing the nature of the neutrino using SuperNEMO
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- Astronomy - Nov 8 The Mystery of the Star That Wouldn’t Die
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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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