Huygens’ minutes of truth approach

The most exciting and spectacular unmanned space mission of all time is approaching its climax: tomorrow, the esa research probe huygens will land on saturn’s mysterious moon titan

Discovered in 1655 by the dutch astronomer christiaan huygens (1629-1695), titan, with a diameter of 5120 kilometers, is coarser than mercury and pluto and, after jupiter’s moon ganymede, even the second coarser moon in the solar system altogether. But a constant, dense orange-brown carpet of clouds, consisting of methane and other hydrocarbons, envelops its face. No one knows exactly how it will happen "including" looks. Tomorrow morning, esa’s huygens lander will push this murky curtain completely aside. On its way in exobiological mission, the small robot will dive into the atmosphere of the moon, land on it and u.A. Look for amino acids. Will huygens forget the beagle disaster?? The esa researchers were told it was true.

If everything goes according to plan, huygens will emerge tomorrow at about 10 a.M..06 o’clock cet in a relatively steep angle of 65 degrees and with a speed of 6 km/s into the atmosphere of titan. The target area is over the southern hemisphere on the day side. The capsule, protected by a heat shield, will decelerate to 400 m/s within three minutes and then deploy its 2.6-meter parachute at an altitude of about 160 km. This screen will remove the rear cover of the probe after 2.5 seconds, so that the main screen with its 8.3 m diameter can come to light and stabilize the probe.

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