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Titan Disguised

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

Explanation: 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, Titan, has a surface normally hidden from view by thick methane 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 parachute. Uncovering the most mysterious moon in the Solar System may reveal a surface so strange that images 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