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Titan Touchdown

11 January 2017

On 14 January 2005, ESA's Huygens probe made its descent to the surface of Saturn's hazy moon, Titan.

Carried to Saturn by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Huygens made the most distant landing ever on another world, and the only landing on a body in the outer Solar System. This video uses actual images taken by the probe during its two-and-a-half hour fall under its parachutes.

Huygens was a signature achievement of the international Cassini-Huygens mission, which will conclude on 15 September 2017, when Cassini plunges into Saturn's atmosphere.

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Credit: Huygens descent video: NASA/ESA/University of Arizona/E. Karkoschka; Probe separation animation: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Probe landing animation: ESA

Last Update: 16 November 2017

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