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Huygens probe at Titan, artwork

Huygens probe at Titan, artwork

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DAVID DUCROS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAVID DUCROS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Huygens probe at Titan. Artwork of the European Space Agency's Huygens probe (centre) entering the atmosphere of Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. The upper atmosphere forms a haze (blue) above the cloud layer (orange). This 1.3-metre-wide probe was launched from Earth in 1997 as part of the Cassini-Huygens mission. It entered Titan's atmosphere on 14 January 2005, protected by a heat shield, and landed using its parachute. It transmitted from the surface for 90 minutes. Titan's atmosphere is mainly nitrogen with clouds of methane and ethane. The surface is a mixture of water and hydrocarbon ice.

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