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News Archive / Tagged: Huygens

  • Cassini data reveals another feature that suggests Titan is similar to Earth

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 25th, 2018

    Is Titan similar to Earth? New data from the Cassini orbiter suggests it is.

  • Cassini: The legend and legacy of one of NASA’s most prolific missions

    Ocean McIntyreSeptember 17th, 2017

    PASADENA, Calif. — Just one month shy of twenty years in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft dramatically ended its mission in the early morning hours at approximately 4:55 a.m. PDT (7:55 a.m. EDT / 11:55 GMT) Earth-Received Time (ERT) on Friday, September 15, 2017.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: 12 years ago, Huygens touched down on Titan

    Laurel KornfeldJanuary 14th, 2017

    Twelve years ago, on January 14, 2005, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Huygens probe touched down on the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, where it collected images and data about a world viewed by many scientists as an analog of early Earth.

  • Data from Huygens lander suggest prebiotic conditions on Titan

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 11th, 2016

    Although 11 years have passed since ESA’s Huygens probe landed on Saturn’s moon Titan, the data collected by this spacecraft continue to amaze scientists. Recently, a team of researchers led by Martin Rahm of Cornell University has found a chemical trail indicating prebiotic conditions may exist on this moon.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Huygens lands on Titan a decade ago

    Joe LatrellDecember 9th, 2015

    Ten years ago the clouds of an alien world were pierced by a small space probe hurled from the planet Earth. On Jan. 14, 2005, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) successfully deployed the Huygens probe to the cloud-covered Saturnian moon Titan.

  • Cassini studies activity on Enceladus in three separate flybys

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 16th, 2015

    NASA's Cassini orbiter is conducting three separate flybys of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus to further study the surprising levels of activity occurring on and below its surface and to obtain images and data that could help scientists determine whether the Saturnian moon could be habitable for microbial life.

  • We’ve landed on Titan: ESA scientists recollect the historic landing 10 years ago

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 15th, 2015

    Ten years ago, on Jan. 14, 2005, an orange-tinged image, showing alien scenery with lots of pebbles on the horizon, was at the center of European Space Agency (ESA) scientists’ attention. The snapshot of a distant world’s landscape was truly amazing. It was Saturn’s moon Titan with an orange surface seen through the lens of ESA’s Huygens […]