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The next checkout of the ESA Huygens Probe is scheduled to take place early tomorrow morning, 22 December. It lasts four hours and will be completed at 02:35 UTC.The data produced will be stored on board Cassini and transmitted back to Earth on 28 December.
Published: 20 December 1998
NASA's Galileo spacecraft, currently orbiting around Jupiter,will take images of Saturn's moon Titan and of other Outer Solar SystemObjects this week for the purpose of calibrating some of its camera filters.
Published: 7 December 1998
Cassini/Huygens successfully completed its long-planned 90-minute firing of its onboard rocket engine on 3 December, settingthe spacecraft on course for a second flyby of Venus in June - the next major milestone on the long voyage to Saturn.
Published: 3 December 1998
08:24 CET "The burn has started as scheduled and everything on board the spacecraft is fine", reports Huygens project scientist, Jean-Pierre Lebreton. More information will be shown on completion of the deep-space manoeuvre.The Cassini spacecraft, carrying ESA's Huygens Probe, is performing a scheduled main engine burn (deep space manoeuvre). This began at approximately 07:00 Central European Time (06:00 UTC), Thursday 3 December, 1998.
Published: 2 December 1998
One year on from its launch on 15 October 1997, Cassini/Huygens continues on its seven-year journey to Saturn and Titan. NASA reports that Cassini is in excellent health; meanwhile ESA's Huygens Probe sleeps on until woken for its next checkout on 22 December.
Published: 12 October 1998
A more detailed report on the Huygens Automatic Gain Control (AGC) testis now available. The results of the test confirm that the Huygens Probehardware is in good health and that the depressed AGC values detectedduring the first two in-flight checkouts were the result of solar noise.
Published: 15 July 1998
The Huygens off-Sun AGC calibration test was successfully executed on 28 May at 22:04 UTC. The test lasted 33 minutes, including thetwo manoeuvres required to point Cassini's high-gain antenna (HGA) 12 deg away from the Sun and back. The purpose of the test was tocalibrate the automatic gain control (AGC) level of the Huygens receivers in a radio-noise free environment.
Published: 29 May 1998
Tests carried out on 23 october 1997, by ESA's Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt,Germany, confirm that ESA's Huygens probe is in excellent condition, following its launch on 15 October aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The dual Cassini-Huygens mission is now en route for Saturn, by way of Venus. In 2004, Huygens will plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn's enigmatic moon Titan.
Published: 24 October 1997
ESA's latest and farthest venture into the Solar System began at 08:43 UT on 15 October. The American Titan IVB/Centaur launcher sent NASA's large Cassini spacecraft on its way to Saturn. Cassini carries ESA's probe Huygens, as well as the high-gain antenna provided by ASI, the Italian Space Agency. In 2004 ESA's Huygens probe will plunge into the thick atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
Published: 15 October 1997
A true voyage of discovery begins next month with the launch of the Cassini-Huygens mission towards Saturn. After a seven-year journey, the European Space Agency's probe called Huygens will detach itself from the Cassini Saturn orbiter and plunge into the hazy atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's largest moon.
Published: 16 September 1997
The launch of NASA's Cassini spacecraft, with the European Space Agency's Huygens probe onboard has been rescheduled for Monday 13 October with a new launch window of 09:55 - 12:15 UT (04:55 - 07:15 EDT).
Published: 16 July 1997
An anomaly involving the ground cooling to the Huygens probe was discovered 29 August 1997. At that time the Probe and the Cassini spacecraft were mounted on the Titan IV rocket on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Station, FL.
Published: 16 July 1997
The European Space Agency's Huygens probe is ready to be shipped to the Kennedy Space Center. On arrival, it will undergo special tests and then be mated with the Cassini Saturn orbiter for launch in October 1997 on a Titan IVB/Centaur rocket.
Published: 3 March 1997
The "Messages on Titan" operation is proceeding successfully. Thousands upon thousands of signatures and messages from all over the world have been collected at the Internet site set up by ESA for this purpose.
Published: 11 February 1997
Cassini-Huygens, a joint ESA/NASA mission, will be launched in October 1997. After a journey lasting almost 7 years, which will take the spacecraft to an orbit around Saturn, ESA's Huygens probe will be released over Titan, Saturn's largest moon, and will examine its environment and surface.
Published: 1 February 1997
Engineers in charge of the European Space Agency's Huygens mission have reviewed the success of the recent Jupiter Probe with their counterparts from NASA, at a meeting in Ottobrunn, Germany. Huygens is designed to parachute into the atmosphere of Titan, the largest moon of the planet Saturn. It shares important features with the Probe, released from NASA's Galileo spacecraft, which plunged into the atmosphere of Jupiter on 7 December 1995.
Published: 5 April 1996
The Cassini/Huygens mission is an intentional co-operative effort planned by NASA and ESA to explore the Saturnian System. The Cassini spacecraft consists of the Cassini Orbiter (provided by NASA) and the detachable Huygens probe (provided by ESA).
Published: 31 July 1995
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