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Huygens approaches Titan
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- Title Huygens approaches Titan
- Released 07/11/2001 2:48 pm
- Copyright ESA
ESA's Huygens was the first spacecraft to land on a world in the outer Solar System. In January 2005, it landed on the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, and the only moon in the Solar System to possess a thick atmosphere.
The gold-coloured foil blanket helped to control the probe's temperature during the interplanetary cruise phase. The heat-resistant tiles covering the front shield are hidden underneath the foil and provided protection against the very high temperatures that are generated during the entry into Titan's atmosphere.