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Huygens probe on the surface of Titan

Huygens probe on the surface of Titan

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Huygens probe at Titan. Artist's impression of the Huygens probe on the surface of Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. The surface of Titan is depicted as slushy methane ice and a lake of ethane. The ice appears yellow and brown due to organic compounds created in the ice by photochemical processes. A ring of freshly- exposed ice appears white around the probe. Huygens has been constructed to survive impact on solid or liquid, as the nature of Titan's surface is unclear. Huygens will return data for between 3 and 30 minutes after landing. Huygens is a European project, part of NASA's Cassini spacecraft, and will arrive at Titan on 27 November 2004.

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