View from ten kilometres high
Science & Exploration

View from ten kilometres high

17/01/2005 4782 views 4 likes
ESA / Science & Exploration / Space Science / Cassini-Huygens

This picture is a composite of 30 images from ESA's Huygens probe. They were taken from an altitude varying from 13 kilometres down to 8 kilometres when the probe was descending towards its landing site. View all raw images.

At that stage of its descent, Huygens was dropping almost vertically with a speed of about 5 metres per second. It was drifting horizontally with a speed of about 1 metre per second.

These images were taken with a resolution of about 20 metres per pixel and cover an area extending out to 30 kilometres.

All Huygens raw images are now available.

Credit: ESA/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

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