Friday, January 14, 2005

Standing by for Huygens

Over a light hour from Earth, the ESA Huygens probe by now has landed, in whatever condition, on Saturn's moon Titan. Early indications are that the probe was operating correctly. Hitchhiking on NASA's Cassini, the probe was released 20 days ago on a trajectory to take it to the giant moon, which scientists believe in some ways resembles Earth at an early stage of development. More here and here; keep watching the news for updates. UPDATE: The mission appears to have been largely successful and the data gathered by the probe is streaming back from the Cassini spacecraft. More, including regular updates, here. We should see the first photos from Titan later today!

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