Huygens Probe to Titan

A robot spaceship landed on the biggest moon of the planet Saturn in January 2005. The spaceship was named Huygens. Huygens landed on the moon Titan on January 14, 2005.

Huygens had been riding on the side of another spaceship for seven years. NASA's Cassini spacecraft carried Huygens to Saturn from Earth. Cassini "let go" of Huygens on December 24, 2004.

Huygens studied the atmosphere of Titan. Parachutes on Huygens lowered it through Titan's atmosphere. Then Huygens landed on Titan. The surface of Titan is very, very cold. The temperature there is about -178 C (-288 F)!

The spaceship was named after Christiaan Huygens. Christiaan Huygens was a Dutch astronomer. He discovered Titan in 1655.

Last modified January 21, 2005 by Randy Russell.

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