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Cassini Huygens Historical Venture
- Tue, Sep 05, 2017 | 06:30 - 06:45 GMT | 08:30 - 08:45 CEST
- Tue, Sep 05, 2017 | 15:00 - 15:15 GMT | 17:00 - 17:15 CEST (REPLAY)
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Cassini-Huygens was launched on 15 October 1997 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
After nearly 13 years in orbit around Saturn, the international Cassini–Huygens mission is going through its final chapter: NASA's Cassini spacecraft is performing a series of daring dives between the planet and its rings, leading to a dramatic final plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on 15 September.
On 14 January 2005 ESA's Huygens probe, which hitched a ride to the Saturn system during the seven-year voyage attached to Cassini, entered the history books by descending to the surface of Titan, Saturn's largest moon. This was humanity's first successful attempt to land a probe on another world in the outer Solar System.
Huygens made a 21-day solo cruise toward the haze-shrouded moon. Plunging into Titan's atmosphere, the probe touched down safely on Titan's frozen surface.
Huygens provided a stream of data representing a unique treasure trove of in situ measurements from the planet-sized satellite which scientists are still mining today.
This video recalls Huygens "one of a kind" journey.
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Eutelsat 9A at 9 degrees E, transponder 59, downlink frequency 11900.1 horizontally polarised, symbol rate 27,500 FEC 2/3.