Updated: Jun 25
Saturday transports us to Saturn🪐 where the story begins with an emotional farewell for two space companions.
The Cassini spacecraft and the Huygens space probe have reached a milestone in their mission and now must go their separate ways.
They arrive at 9.6 astronomical units from the sun. This epic journey took seven years, with a trajectory towards Saturn's largest moon, Titan. And so begins Titan's story, where the scene is smoggy and atmosphere is mournful to reflect the parting probes.
Titan is famous for its nitrogen-rich atmosphere that shrouds the moon in a thick, stubborn haze and, for decades, remained a constant cloud of orange frustration for scientists, locking away its secrets.
But all that changed thanks to Huygens, built by the European Space Agency (ESA), and NASA's Cassini spacecraft that carried the probe and arrived at Saturn on Christmas eve 2004.
To reflect the tearful mood of these space companions farewell, the music is also s̑̇̈omber in tone. Huygens has just said goodbye to Cassini to begin his date with destiny and about to perform its grandest assignment…
Suddenly the atmosphere immediately changes as Huygen musters courage to conquer Titans clouds. Armed with heat shield, it penetrate Titan's atmosphere, pirouettes through the clouds with parachute to image the secluded world below.
The music is a fanfare. Its uplifting and arousing mood reflects Huygens's heroic duties as it conquers Titan and sets forth its mission to achieve a historic landing on the most distant alien world.
Stay tuned for further scintillating science that will be revealed over the next six days as we follow the epic mission and enjoy the titanic adventures of Cassini and Huygens and experience one of the most legendary missions in space history.
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Titan - Saturns largest moon
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