Video recreates Huygens probe landing on Saturn's moon Titan

Many of us watched with excitement as images from the Curiosity rover descending onto the surface of Mars were beamed back to Earth, but most space missions don't offer such stunning real-time imagery. Now NASA has decided to commemorate the eight-year anniversary of another epic space mission to Saturn's moon Titan with a video recreation of the probe's journey.

Led by the European Space Agency, the 2005 Huygens probe mission represented the first time a probe had landed on another moon in the outer solar system. Carried to the outer rings of Saturn by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Huygens' two-and-a-half-hour descent to Titan was recreated in a new video animation called "The Huygens Experience," which uses real data recorded by the probe's instruments to approximate how the flight and landing actually occurred. The animation isn't necessarily something worthy of Pixar, but it does offer a satisfying simulation of the probe's mission for those who followed its journey closely.

As for the Cassini spacecraft, it is still in orbit around Saturn and will continue its journey until 2017. You can see the "The Huygens Experience" in the video below.


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