Tag: Huygens

The Surface of Titan Might Feel Like a Damp Beach

By Veronique Greenwood | October 16, 2012 11:03 am

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An illustration of the descent

While the Cassini probe has been taking the gorgeous pictures of Saturn we know and love, its little buddy and traveling companion, the Huygens lander, has been on the surface of the moon Titan. A just-published reconstruction of what happened when Huygens hit Titan’s surface eight years ago gives insight into what the ground on the methane-soaked body is like: something like damp sand, or perhaps crusty snow.

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