Thursday, 17 January 2013

This was the first landing in the Outer Solar System

Outer Solar System
This was the first landing in the Outer Solar System: On January 14, they met eight years since the ESA's Huygens probe bounced, slid and stumbled to a stop on the surface of Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.  

Will go down in history as the first landing in the outer solar system body.
This animation was created from the data recorded by the Huygens instruments, allowing us to relive this historic moment as if we had been there.
To develop this simulation takes into account the weather on Titan, the position of the sun, the wind, the behavior of the parachute (allowing certain artistic license when perched represent how their strings) and landing dynamics .
Even the stones in the immediate environment of Huygens have been modeled to mimic those that can see in the photograph that sent the probe after landing, and shown at the end of the video.
The animation is divided into four sequences, showing a wide shot of the descent, two close-ups from different angles and ultimately a subjective from the probe itself - the authentic experience of Huygens.
Last year he published the results of a study that revealed that Huygens left a hole about 12 inches deep on impact with the surface of Titan, and then bounced and slid about 30-40 inches on a flat surface.
The probe staggered five times before stopping completely, about 10 seconds after landing - which can be clearly seen in the last two animation sequences.
After impact the probe was enveloped in a cloud of dust 'fluffy' - probably formed by organic aerosols that precipitate from the upper atmosphere of Titan - who was suspended for about four seconds. The ease with which this cloud of dust rose indicates that the ground was dry, suggesting that there had been no precipitation of liquid methane or ethane before the arrival of Huygens.
Huygens separated from the international Cassini spacecraft on Christmas Day of 2004, reaching Titan three weeks later. Cassini has been orbiting Saturn since July 2004, and its operations will continue until 2017.
The Cassini-Huygens is a joint project of NASA, ESA and ASI, the Italian space agency. The laboratory at NASA JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA in Washington.

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