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No. 20 - Waiting for Probe Descent

No. 20 - Waiting for Probe Descent

The Huygens spacecraft is closing on its final target and is now just under 48 hours away from its encounter with Saturn's moon Titan.

Since separation from Cassini on 25 December 2004 the Huygens probe has been in a dormant state. An onboard timer will awaken the spacecraft as it approaches the upper atmosphere of Titan at 04:44 UT 14 January.

At 09:11 UT the Huygens probe will begin relaying data to the Cassini spacecraft. Around 5 hours later the transmission ends and Cassini will reorientate to transmit the first data back to Earth.

Updates on this event will be posted on

Last Update: 1 September 2019
15-Apr-2024 12:42 UT

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