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• Huygens was a probe that landed on Saturn’s moon Titan in 2005. Named after the Dutch 17thcentury astronomer Christiaan Huygens who discovered Titan in 1655, the probe landed farther away from Earth than any previous spacecraft. It was the first landing on a moon other than our own. • The Huygens probe, which measured about 9 feet wide and weighed roughly 700 pounds, was attached to the Cassini spacecraft. Cassini weighed in at 2,600 pounds. The mission was a joint effort by the European Space Agency with NASA and the Italian Space Agency. • Cassini was named for Giovanni Cassini, a 17thcentury astronomer who was the first to observe four of Saturn’s moons. The Cassini spacecraft was built to study Saturn and the surrounding system, while the Huygens probe was designed to detach and land on Titan. • The combined Cassini–Huygens spacecraft launched on October 15, 1997 and remained dormant for the 6.7-year interplanetary cruise, except for semi-annual check-ups. The craft flew by Venus and Jupiter on the way, settling into orbit around Saturn on July 1, 2004. It spent several months studying Jupiter, its rings, and its numerous moons. • Huygens separated from the Cassini orbiter on December 25, 2004, and landed on Titan on January 14, 2005, while Cassini continued to orbit. It took about 2.5 hours for Huygens to descend through the atmosphere of Titan. • Huygens parachuted to the surface, landing on a crusted clay-like shoreline with an impact speed similar to dropping a ball on Earth from a height of about one yard. • The temperature at the landing site was −290.8 °F with a relative humidity (composed of methane) of 50%.


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• Huygens landed at what counts as high noon on Titan, when the Sun is about 1/10th the size as seen from Answer: Dell. Earth, with light comparable to twilight as seen on Earth about ten minutes A VERY LARGE NUMBER after sunset. The color of the sky on Titan is •orange Edward Kasnerofwas mathematician. In 1938 because the athick haze. he was asked to come up with a name for a • Titan the number: largest ofthe Saturn’s moons, and veryislarge numeral62one, followed isby half the size of Earth nearly as a hundred zeros. Heand asked his as twolarge young Mars. It’s what the second largest moon in the sonephews name they would suggest. system, after Ganymede of Jupiter.aIt is the •larNine-year-old Milton suggested name only moon in the solar system with clouds and out of the funnies. A cartoon strip character a named dense, planet-like Barney wasatmosphere. very popular. Milton chose Barney’s last name for theis number. • The atmosphere on Titan composed of 95% •nitrogen Kasner and announced the new name forhas thecarbig 5% methane. Titan also number in his next book, altering the spelling. bon, hydrogen, and oxygen, as well as other •elements Sixty years later, for Larry essential life.Page and Sergey Brin developed a new internet search engine. Other • Titan hasengines liquid searched methane each rivers,webpage lakes, and search and seas, making the only other world in times the so-a ranked themitaccording to how many larspecific systemterm that appeared has stableon liquids itsPage surface. them,on but and Methane rain circulates in engine hydrological cycle Brin designed their search to search for the specific term and then outwith howwater. many similar to what happens onfind Earth links there were led back to that page, Scientists think thatthat Titan’s weather probably which resulted in downpours a better search features torrential of engine. liquid meth•ane They decided needed a name causing flash they floods, interspersed by that dereflected how many ofwebsites cades or even centuries drought. the search engine was searching. They took the name • Titan has sand dunes very madelarge of hydrocarbons, of Edward Kasner’s number, only mountains reaching 10,000so feet in height, and they misspelled it slightly, it ended up being possible of water amspelled underground exactly the oceans same way the and cartoon character Barney spelled his last name. What’s monia. it called? (Answer at bottom of page) • Huygens operated for about 90 minutes after FACTS touchdown, COMPUTER sending the information from its •robotic In 1981laboratory Bill Gatestosaid, “640 which kb of memory Cassini, relayed ought to be enough for anybody.” the data to Earth. • Moore’s states that computer • On Sept. Law 15, 2017, Cassini madeperformance a suicidal doubles every 18 to 24 months, and everfor since plunge into Saturn, taking measurements as 1971, this has been true. long as its instruments could send communica•tions HP, back Google, Microsoft, and Apple were all to Earth. started in garages. THANKS FOR READING Answer: Google, from googol. TIDBITS!

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