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Separation of Huygens from Cassini
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- Title Separation of Huygens from Cassini
- Released 09/12/2004 3:00 pm
- Copyright ESA-D. DUCROS
This artist's concept of the Cassini-Huygens orbiter shows the Huygens probe separating to enter Titan's atmosphere. After separation, the probe drifts for about three weeks until reaching its destination, Titan. Equipped with a variety of scientific sensors, the Huygens probe will spend 2-2.5 hours descending through Titan's dense, murky atmosphere of nitrogen and carbon-based molecules, beaming its findings to the distant Cassini orbiter overhead.