Thanks to +michael interbartolo
's post about the greatest space exploration achievements: http://goo.gl/OSWJj
, I've remembered how thrilled I was on January 2005, when the European Space Agency Huygens probe, carried until then by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, landed on Saturn's moon Titan.The video below is a little rough but you'll live the landing like if you were there!
For a narrated version with simulated views see: Titan: Huygens 2005
and for a planetary scientist point of view I recommend this brilliant TED talk: http://on.ted.com/9mf5
• Titan, Saturn's biggest moon, is the second largest moon in our Solar System and the only one with a thick, methane-rich, nitrogen atmosphere. Experts think that its atmosphere resembles that of a very young Earth.
• NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is orbiting Saturn since 2004, making an extensive survey of the ringed planet and its moons. The Cassini mission as been extended through at least September 2017.
• The ESA Huygens probe is the first ever human-built object to have landed on a world in the outer Solar System, thus achieving the furthest landing from Earth.
• Cassini-Huygens is the largest interplanetary spacecraft ever built.
Cassini-Huygens is a joint NASA / ESA mission:
Possible follow-on mission scenario: