The Huygens Descent Module landed safely in the snows of Sweden after successfully testing its parachute systems (see slide 'Parachute test' ). The Front Shield and Back Cover, which will protect the Descent Module when it enters Titan's atmosphere, separated correctly. For this test, an extra parachute was used for the final stages to ensure a soft landing in Earth's gravity.
Cassini-Huygens is a joint NASA/ESA mission. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will orbit Saturn for four years, making an extensive survey of the ringed planet. The ESA Huygens probe will be the first to land on a world in the outer Solar System - on the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Data from Cassini and Huygens may offer clues about how life began on Earth.