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Picture of the Day - Huygens on Titan

Published by Matt on Mon Mar 8, 2010 10:01 pm via: NASA
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In 2005 the robotic Huygens probe landed on Titan, Saturn’s enigmatic moon, and sent back the first ever images from beneath Titan’s thick cloud layers. This artist’s impression is based on those images.

Artist's impression of Huygens on Titan. Credit: ESA

Artist's impression of Huygens on Titan. Credit: ESA

In the foreground, sits the car-sized lander that sent back images for more than 90 minutes before running out of battery power. The parachute that slowed Huygen’s re-entry is seen in the background, still attached to the lander. Smooth stones, possibly containing water-ice, are strewn about the landscape. Analyses of Huygen’s images and data show that Titan’s surface today has intriguing similarities to the surface of the early Earth.

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