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Tao
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From: The Pool Of Life
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posted posted 01-11-2005 17:15

To boldly go (Cassini/Huygens)
I've been following this mission for quite a few years now, it has already been a great success in so many ways and soon, Jan 14th, the probe Huygens is due to land on Titan.
I could witter on about it here for hours, but I thought some good links would do better
A quick mission summary Mission to Saturn
NASA
ESA
I've just found this one, I'm not too sure about the site, but the links they have there to images are great CICLOPS
I must admit that I am completly taken by this mission. It inspires me on a number of levels.
[doh]fixing linkage[/doh]
:::tao::: ::cell::

(Edited by Tao on 01-11-2005 17:29)

CPrompt
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From: there...no..there.....
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posted posted 01-11-2005 17:52

i've been following very slightly on this but it is pretty exciting.

Here's some info and pics of one of the moons of Saturn. Kind of neat that the moon has a ring around it too

info

good pic

Later,

C:\

WebShaman
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From: Happy Hunting Grounds...
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posted posted 01-11-2005 18:10

Well, I have been following it avidly - to find out what really is under those clouds on Titan - WOOOHOOOOO!

Isn't it amazing, how far our technology has come?

Tao
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From: The Pool Of Life
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posted posted 01-13-2005 01:34

Only 24 hours to go

[ed] I'm just so excited! [/ed]

(Edited by Tao on 01-13-2005 01:35)

Slime
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posted posted 01-13-2005 09:56

I actually did a report on this in high school back when they launched it around 2000. I remember thinking that it would take forever before it actually got there. Apparently it's been forever.


WebShaman
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posted posted 01-14-2005 12:34

Today is the day! Wooohoooo! I hope everything goes ok....

Way to go bay-beeee! Space probe enters Titan's atmosphere

Can't wait for the information to be analysed!!

(Edited by WebShaman on 01-14-2005 15:55)

axleclarkeuk
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posted posted 01-14-2005 18:54
quote:
DARMSTADT, GERMANY - After a seven-year trip, the Huygens space probe has successfully landed on Saturn's moon Titan, jubilant mission control staff in Europe said Friday.



They did it !!

Tao
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From: The Pool Of Life
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posted posted 01-14-2005 20:56
quote:
Today, after its seven-year journey through the Solar System on board the Cassini spacecraft, ESAís Huygens probe has successfully descended through the atmosphere of Titan, Saturnís largest moon, and safely landed on its surface.


ESA spokesperson
huygens lands on Titan
I've been out all day so I am only now trying to collect as much information as I can. Does anyone yet know wether it came down with a splash or a crash yet?

:::tao::: ::cell::
[ed]Preliminary data indicate that the probe landed safely, likely on a solid surface[/ed]

(Edited by Tao on 01-14-2005 21:03)

Tao
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From: The Pool Of Life
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posted posted 01-14-2005 22:52

Touchdown!!

[doh] linkage would be nice [/doh]
nasa
esa
I especially like the link to the control rooms camera which updates every 5 minutes. I've been glued to it

(Edited by Tao on 01-14-2005 22:58)

WebShaman
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posted posted 01-15-2005 12:52

Solid. Wow. Damn. But the Flows...I wonder what those are, and what is causing them? Something seems to be renewing the planet's surface on a relatively regular basis.

Emperor
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posted posted 01-19-2005 02:30

WS: More on that here:

http://www.mywisecounty.com/news/011705-1.htm

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WebShaman
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posted posted 01-19-2005 12:33

WOW! Thanks for the link, Emps! Truly fascinating!

Emperor
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posted posted 01-19-2005 15:16

It also starts to go into some detail about the organic tar there is and, as I said here,:

www.ozoneasylum.com/23959?offset=80

it is stuff on tholins that I'm really waiting to hear about as these look to hold the answer to the origin of life on Earth and Titan's atmosphere is thick with them (I assume that is what is raining down to form the tar).

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WebShaman
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posted posted 01-19-2005 15:23

Yes, I remember that Emps. I am waiting before going either way with this. Of course, I want to , but let us wait and see what the evidence suggests, before we decide.

Good, solid scientific methods first, conclusions later.

Emperor
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posted posted 01-19-2005 17:53
quote:
WebShaman said:

Yes, I remember that Emps. I am waiting before going either
way with this. Of course, I want to , but let us wait and see what the
evidence suggests, before we decide.

Good, solid scientific methods first, conclusions later.



Naturellement

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Tao
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posted posted 01-21-2005 16:56

I missed the announcement on the TV but from what I can gather there seems to be evidence of water ice and plenty of methane
Islands, rivers and methane springs - latest images of Titan (ESA)
NASA
Ah, in searching for another good link I found The News I was looking for.

quote:
Liquid methane rain feeds river channels, lakes, streams, and springs on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan, images from the Huygens probe show.

Scientists have also recovered much data from Huygens that had been thought lost due to a communications failure.


BBC

quote:
"I didn't know how to express how scientists felt last week and I ended up quoting poetry. You have to understand, this is exploration, not just science."
David Southwood, Esa's director of science.


Luv it

:::tao::: ::cell::

trib
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posted posted 01-21-2005 17:31

I didn't see http://saturn.esa.int in the links ... it's a good one ... but I only scanned the thread quickly ... Thanks from all my colleagues on the Huygens Science team for your great comments.


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