Friday, January 14, 2005

Little green men!

Oh man, Huygens has landed and guess what?! Well, it's not little green men, but it seems like there is some sort of liquid and some sort of solid surface. For anyone mildly interested in space exploration, finding liquid or water on another planet or moon is HUGE. That MSNBC link I gave earlier should be updated with some pictures. Here's the link to the ESA source which may have pictures faster.

Apparently there will be a lot more to come including 360 degree panoramics and sounds from the probe dropping through the Titan atmosphere. Man, I'm such a space nerd aren't I?

A couple of notes: Obviously I didn't think there would be creepy crawlies moving around the surface, but who knows, there could still be proto-life forms underground. Second, the Huygens probe was built and managed by the European Space Agency (ESA), not NASA. Everyone always assumes that all space accomplishments are NASA's doing, but in this case, the ESA lead a great worldwide team to get on the ground at Titan.

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