On this date in space exploration… January 14, 2005
Landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn’s moon Titan.
Titan, or Saturn VI, is the largest moon of Saturn. It is the only natural satellite known to have a dense atmosphere, and the only object other than Earth for which clear evidence of stable bodies of surface liquid has been found.
The Huygens probe was an atmospheric entry probe carried to Saturn’s moon Titan as part of the Cassini–Huygens mission. The probe was named after the 17th. century Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens.
The Cassini–Huygens spacecraft was launched from Earth on October 15, 1997.
Huygens separated from the Cassini orbiter on December 25, 2004, and landed on Titan, near the Xanadu region, on January 14, 2005.
Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest planet in the Solar System, after Jupiter. The planet, named after the Roman god Saturn, is classified as a gas giant; it has an average radius of about nine times that of Earth.Additional information may be found at – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassini%E2%80%93Huygens http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huygens_(spacecraft)
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