Concentrating in Huygens's Dedicated Control Room
The Huygens Dedicated Control Room (DCR) at ESA's ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany, was calm on 7 January 2005 as engineers counted the minutes to the probe's entry into Titan's atmosphere.
Huygens is coasting in dormant mode after its release from Cassini last month and will arrive at Titan on 14 January.
"Huygens will be woken up for preheating by autotimers and send its first data to Cassini shortly after deploying its parachute. By then, the probe will have been awake for 4 hours and 28 minutes," said Martin Hermes, Huygens spacecraft operations engineer, speaking in the DCR while monitoring the Probe Data Relay System.