POV: Huygens probe landing on Titan


19 years ago, on 25 December 2004, ESA’s Huygens probe was released from the Cassini spacecraft. Huygens continued on to Titan, Saturn’s largest and most interesting moon, descending via parachute and touching-down at 11:30 UTC, 14 January 2005. The descent phase lasted around 2 hours, 27 minutes, with a further 1 hour and 10 minutes of operation on the surface.

This video has been accelerated to 200% speed, showing the descent from an altitude of 62 km at 9:41 UTC to the touchdown.

Credits: NASA/ESA/University of Arizona

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