Here's What NASA Saw When it Landed on Saturn's Largest Moon

On Jan. 14, 2005, NASA-ESA's Huygens probe successfully descended through the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, after a seven-year journey through the Solar System on board the Cassini spacecraft. The probe was designed to gather data for a few hours in the atmosphere, and possibly a short time at the surface.

It continued to send data for about 90 minutes after touchdown. It remains the most distant landing of any human-made craft. At the landing site there were indications of pebbles of water ice scattered over an orange surface, the majority of which is covered by a thin haze of methane. Early aerial imaging of Titan from Huygens was consistent with the presence of large bodies of liquid on the surface.


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