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Titan Disguised

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#61287 by @ 22.12.2004 00:00 - nach oben -
Titan Disguised

Will the Huygens probe land or splash down?

In the next few days, the
Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting
Saturn will release a
probe that will descend toward
Saturn's largest moon in mid-January.

That moon,
has a surface normally hidden from view by thick
cloud decks.

What the car-sized flying-saucer-shaped
probe will find is unknown.

Once reaching the surface,
Huygens may survive for as long as 150 minutes and
take as many as 1,100 images.

These images will be beamed up to the passing
Cassini mothership for subsequent transmission to a
waiting Earth.

The Huygens probe is
depicted above entering Titan's atmosphere and deploying its

Uncovering the most mysterious moon in the
Solar System may reveal a surface so strange that
of it may not be immediately understood.

Discussion consensus: Australian strange streak is plausibly just a
flying insect.

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#61309 by @ 22.12.2004 07:36 - nach oben -
tami wär hät echt da bild gmacht?
#61311 by @ 22.12.2004 08:10 - nach oben -
Mark A. Galick
#61413 by @ 22.12.2004 22:43 - nach oben -
Korrektur: Garlick -> tönt nach knoblauch