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Descent to Titan

In honor of one of the projects I just completed–the design of an orbiter for a mission to Saturn’s moon Titan–I give you videos of the Huygens probe’s descent through Titan’s atmosphere. First, a small video with narration (10 MB) and, secondly, a higher resolution version (91 MB) without narration. (Via Wohba.)

I find it interesting that Cassini-Huygens appears to have flown directly to Titan rather than doing a fly-by of Saturn first. Granted, this route would probably have been a better one for our mission (PDF file!) to take in terms of fuel consumption, but with the limited tools that we had, I don’t know how well we would have been able to handle a crash course with Titan from that perspective. Still, it makes me wonder how many improvements we could have made…