When Huygens Met Titan
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Animation of the final descent of ESA's Huygens space probe landing on Titan after it was dropped off by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Below is the 147-minutes plunge through Titan's thick orange-brown atmosphere to a soft sandy riverbed.
The 5-minute movie shows what the probe 'saw' within the few hours of the descent and the eventual landing.

The videos were created using data from Huygens' instruments. The last image is an actual picture Huygens took from the Titan surface. On August 14, 2005, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Huygens probe landed by parachute on the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.   The 318 kilogram (701 lb) Huygens probe was launched on October 15, 1997 as a piggyback payload on NASA’s Cassini orbiter as part of a mission to make a detailed exploration of Saturn and its moons.  On December 25, 2004, Huygens detached itself from Cassini and fell toward Titan.  Because Titan has a substantial atmosphere, the probe was equipped with a heat shield and parachutes for the descent.  On touchdown it made history as the first landing ever achieved on a body in the outer Solar System.  With only 153 minutes of battery life, which had to cover the descent as well as landing, Huygens had only about 30 minutes of power for exploration.  During its brief sojourn, Huygens sent back the first surface images of Titan as well as data on the moon’s atmosphere and weather. 
Music: "The Marriage of Figaro" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Beethoven Piano Concerto #4.
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