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« on: January 17, 2005, 07:42:27 AM »
Huygens Probe Returns First Images of Titan's Surface

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DARMSTADT, Germany -- The first pictures revealing the surface of Saturn's moon, Titan, were shown from Europe's Huygens probe, showing what look like drainage channels on the surface of what until today has been a planet totally hidden from view.

The image unveiling marked the end of a successful journey for the hardy Huygens probe and the culmination of 25 years of work by mission managers, scientists, engineers and supporters.

“The European Space Agency deserves a tremendous amount of credit,” said NASA’s Al Diaz, NASA's associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate, while appearing to hold back tears during one of many press briefings on the probes status today. “There will only be [one] first successful landing on Titan, and this was it.”

Huygens' first image, taken from an altitude of 16 kilometers, has a ground resolution of about 40 meters, said Martin Tomasko, principal investigator for Huygens' Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR). Tomasko said that Huygens research teams now have about 350 pictures to work with.  [Scroll to the bottom of this story to see raw image files of the Titan descent taken by Huygens. All images courtesy of ESA/NASA/University of Arizona.]





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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2005, 07:59:51 AM »
it's soooo dry
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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2005, 08:16:28 AM »

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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2005, 08:30:35 AM »
I thought Titan's surface would be coveed with liquid methane and other organic material.  

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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2005, 01:23:29 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2005, 02:20:58 PM »
=))  
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