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Old 13th Jan 2005, 12:31 PM   #1
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Titan landing

For those who are interested, here's something to checkout tommorrow. The Esa/Nasa collaboration mission of Cassini/Huygens mission to land a probe on Saturn's moon Titan - the Huygens lander is landing Jan 14 on Titan's surface.
Should be exciting. If you want to follow what's happening use your best media player (either Realplayer or Win MP, possibly quicktime) and check out the results/data as it arrives from the furthest we've ever explored with a lander on another world. For the really obsessed, coverage is starting in the wee hours. Here is the schedule and links below: all times are EST

January 14, Friday
3 a.m. - 3:30 a.m. - Live Coverage and Commentary "Cassini Turns Towards Titan - Interruption of Radio Contact" - JPL/ESA
5 a.m. - 6:30 a.m. - Live Coverage and Commentary "The Huygens Probe Enters the Atmosphere of Titan" - JPL/ESA
7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. - ESA News Briefing "Mission Status" - JPL/ESA
8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - ESA Commentary on Huygens Probe Mission - JPL/ESA (Mission Coverage)
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - ESA Commentary "Cassini Turns Back to Earth - Data Transmission Begins" - JPL/ESA
10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - JPL Commentary - JPL (Mission Coverage)
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Huygens Probe News Briefing - JPL/ESA (Mission Coverage)
12 - 12:30 p.m. - JPL Commentary - JPL (Mission Coverage)
1 p.m. - NASA Update with Sean O'Keefe - KSC
2:45 - 3:15 p.m. - ESA Commentary "Presentation of First 18 Images from Titan" - JPL/ESA (Mission Coverage)
5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - ESA Commentary and "Additional Images from Tital & B-Roll" - JPL/ESA
5:30 - 6 p.m. - JPL Commentary - JPL (Mission Coverage)

January 15, Saturday
5 a.m. - 6 a.m. - ESA Final Wrap Up on Huygens Probe Mission - JPL/ESA (Mission Coverage)
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. - ESA News Briefing "Early Look at Science Results" - JPL/ESA



Nasa Cassini Home

Nasa TV

European Space Agency Cassini Home

Ciclops Imaging - pretty pictures

Awesome stuff!!
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Old 13th Jan 2005, 12:38 PM   #2
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Woah. Hey, cool! Thanks for the heads up. I usually try to keep tabs on missions like this, but I guess I've been slacking. I had no clue about this one.
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Old 13th Jan 2005, 01:48 PM   #3
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Yes, this is really exciting news. A local company in my hometown has delivered some parts to the probe (not sure what parts), and they've been following it's trip for the past years to the outer space.

Some are saying that this is the biggest even since the moon landing in 1969.
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Old 13th Jan 2005, 02:41 PM   #4
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 Originally Posted by mOdEtWo:
Some are saying that this is the biggest even since the moon landing in 1969.
Yes, this will perhaps be the closest any human will ever get to experienceing what future space travellers will feel like when they land on another alien world for the first time (other than Mars ofcourse, but we knew lots about Mars before we got there.) in our lifetimes (or at least mine. Since Titan is the only moon in the solar system with an atmosphere, and it is shrouded in such mystery, it should make for some great discoveries, what with the possibility of lakes of liquid hydrocarbons and pre-biotic chemistry in the atmosphere.

I've read there will be pictures as well, and sounds, along with an assortment of other measurements. Looks like from the pix that there might be some awesome lakes/oceans, but who knows?

This is a great composite!


And ofcourse, my fav of the rings photos:
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Old 13th Jan 2005, 03:17 PM   #5
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 Originally Posted by SiLeNt_NiGhT:
I've read there will be sounds, along with an assortment of other measurements.
*hisssssssss*crackle*ssssss*moo.*ssssssssss*

or perhaps

"Get off our f'ing planet, you noob!"

Sorry Not being constructive here At school I got the NASA channel, and it was awesome. I'll be watching via the Internet now
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Old 14th Jan 2005, 06:50 AM   #6
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Post Latest news:

The probe has sent signals back to earth, which means it has survived the dangerous trip through Titan's atmosphere. It has dropped it's heat shield and is now hanging in the parachutes.

It will land on Titan's ground in less than 50 minutes (1.34 pm CET). But we won't see any pictures until around 8.45 pm (still CET) tonight, I don't know why it takes that long since the signals only use around 67 minutes to reach back to the earth.

Yay, can't wait for lightspeed shuttles.
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Old 14th Jan 2005, 09:11 AM   #7
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This wasn't in the news as much as the whole mars photo thingy was, was it? Anyway, I'm looking forward seeing those photo's
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Old 14th Jan 2005, 10:04 AM   #8
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Bah! 17 more hours till they recieve the data.
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Old 14th Jan 2005, 10:08 AM   #9
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What if they marioed an alien?
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Old 14th Jan 2005, 10:09 AM   #10
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 Originally Posted by Buho:
Bah! 17 more hours till they recieve the data.
Yeah, they've only recieved the "I'm alive, all systems are go" signal so far.

They do recieve the data soon, but they have to put it together to get decent and understandable data - thus it takes some time to create the photographs.
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Old 14th Jan 2005, 01:27 PM   #11
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 Originally Posted by Kiech Bepho:
What if they marioed an alien?
LOL. Then I guess we should not expect a key to the city.
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Old 14th Jan 2005, 02:51 PM   #12
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Is anyone reminded of 2010: A Space Odyssey? Or is that just me?


I'm soo going to keep trabs on this.
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Old 14th Jan 2005, 04:45 PM   #13
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2001 or 2010? 2001: no. 2010: didn't read the book.

I missed the 2:45 - 3:15 (EST) broadcast that showed 10 or so preliminary images. Only one of them is currently on the website (basically a screengrab from the broadcast). Even still, it kicks some pretty major ass. Those look like rivers!

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Old 14th Jan 2005, 05:36 PM   #14
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Too bad it's all liquid Methane.
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Old 14th Jan 2005, 06:47 PM   #15
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 Originally Posted by Radamanthus:
Is anyone reminded of 2010: A Space Odyssey? Or is that just me?
Actually, I'm reminded of the original 'Alien'.

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Old 14th Jan 2005, 06:58 PM   #16
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 Originally Posted by Swiss Mercenary:
Too bad it's all liquid Methane.:
The question is; How the hell produce Methane on Titan? It's coming from biological 'material' (cows and shit) on Earth. Or live vulcans.

What's interesting is that the first few shots revealed something that looks like dry rivers. Were they once filled with water? Ah well, they will soon release high-res images. Can't wait!
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Old 14th Jan 2005, 07:56 PM   #17
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Ahh, the final frontierů
I love this kind of stuff, thanks for the links and updates
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Old 15th Jan 2005, 02:01 PM   #18
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Still nothing high res. My digital camera makes thumbnails with more megapixels than these things!

Hey, anyone hear the "sounds of Titan"? I bet someone good with audio could make a rap song or techno song out of the radar sample.

The probe transmitted data for 90 minutes after landing. Wow.
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 Originally Posted by Buho:
...anyone hear the "sounds of Titan"?
Yes, I'll attach the mp3 here.
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Old 17th Jan 2005, 06:39 AM   #20
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Crazy stuff guys.

The atmosphere similer to lighter fluid? Sounds like MYYYY KIND'A PLACE!

>breathes in heavily<
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If its all methane, I am curious as to why the whole planet didn't just blow up after we sent a flaming (yes, flaming!) probe down from the heavans. Perhaps it cooled down fast enough before it hit ground zero, but heh. I was really hoping for a fireball...
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 Originally Posted by Kiech Bepho:
If its all methane, I am curious as to why the whole planet didn't just blow up after we sent a flaming (yes, flaming!) probe down from the heavans. Perhaps it cooled down fast enough before it hit ground zero, but heh. I was really hoping for a fireball...
I'm not entirely sure here about my chemistry, but the lack of Oxygen, I think, as well as the temperature, has something to do with that. That's not to say that certain hydrocarbons can't combust on Titan, it just doesn't do it the way we are used to seeing it here on Earth.
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We do know that the place is alive (or was) because of the rocks. If the place has (or had) water, then it might be able to support life. I only hope the probe doesn't contaminate and kill off any chance of life on the planet.

This is very cool though. Would you believe I live in Houston and I STILL didn't know about this until just now. Keep those pics a comin'!!

EDIT: Near the end of the audio you can hear something other than white noise just after 1:22 on it. Check it out and tell me what you think. You think its just the probe making noises and its picking up itself?
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 Originally Posted by Hidden_Wolfe:
Keep those pics a comin'!!
There's a ton o' pix at the links near the beginning of the post. Just go to the JPL site (Nasa Cassini Home) or the ESA site. Each has it's own 'photojournal' collection of all the best pix of the mission and all other missions so far.

What really gets my juices flowing is that big methane cloud which stays in the same spot consistently. What could possibly produce that much condensed methane? Scientists say there are geological processes that cause methane production just as microbial life does, so which is it I wonder??! Check out the cloud in the southern hemisphere below:

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Hmmm. Could be that the planet (or moon), is currently supporting life in that region. And the deposit just hasn't spread all over the surface, due to the current lack of oxygen (ei: wind). Hopefully this will be true and we can have a chance to study these proteins, and not kill them with our meddling. However that is a very bright spot on the service, I don't know exactly how clouds of methane are supposed to act, but I'll get back to you on that. However this isn't the only rock in our system that has massive deposits of methane, can anyone say Neptune? That rock even has violent thunderstorms with most if not all the atmosphere (clouds and all) made entirely of the living by-product gases. Whats also cool is how can methane clouds conduct electricity to have lightning?
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 Originally Posted by SiLeNt_NiGhT:
I'm not entirely sure here about my chemistry, but the lack of Oxygen, I think, as well as the temperature, has something to do with that. That's not to say that certain hydrocarbons can't combust on Titan, it just doesn't do it the way we are used to seeing it here on Earth.
I heard a scientist say the whole planet is covered in flammable material. It hasn't exploded because there's no oxygen, so there you go. You can torch flammable material (the torch being a result of oxygen and some fuel) but without unburned oxygen in the surrounding, it won't ignite.

Here's some cool stuff, guys:

http://anthony.liekens.net/huygens_static.html
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 Originally Posted by Buho:
http://anthony.liekens.net/huygens_static.html
Take a look at the probe's eye-view when its going down. The land forms look like Earth's.
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Like Earth..? OMG, I KNEWS ITshieftone

The Titan Landings Were Staged!!1111!
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