Learn about the Huygens probe and the planet Titan. Also learn about the goal of studying the planet Titan and its atmosphere.
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Learn About the Planet Titan This is Titan second’s largest moon, it’s covered by an atmosphere so dense that no spacecraft with telescope has been able to see through it. Sad to say it’s full of Nitrogen in methane which totally it is similar to that of earth four billion years ago. When the Huygens probe travels to Titan, they will be waiting keenly for the results. Sightseer’s hope they will shed light in the beginning of human life and the solar system. The Cassini Spacecraft has traveled for 7 years to orbit around Saturn with Huygens strapped to its side. The probe detaches and will coast for 21 days to Titan. As it hits the moons atmosphere and drops to the ground by parachute, scientific instruments aboard will begin collecting data. If they survive touch down, they’ll keep working on the surface. During its decent and after touchdown Huygens will continuously radio data up to Cassini which will in turn relate the information to earth. Communication link between the probe and Cassini was developed by an Italian company Alenia Espacio. It also developed Huygens brain, the command and data management sub system. This automatically manages the entire mission of the probe. It uses radio waves to penetrate the dense atmosphere of Titan.