PS3.2Huygens Probe 10th anniversary session
|Convener: David H. Atkinson | Co-Conveners: Jean-Pierre Lebreton , Athena Coustenis , Ralph Lorenz , Olivier Witasse|
On January 14, 2005, the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe arrived at and landed on Saturn’s Largest moon Titan. Huygens was an important element of the international Cassini mission to Saturn which will continue until 2017. The data from the Huygens science investigations, developed under true international partnerships, continues to be used to this day to improve our understanding of Titan, the Saturn system and the other giant planets, and the solar system. Ten years later we remember the development of the Huygens mission, and we reflect on the impact of Huygens’ remarkable achievements on solar system science.
This session will highlight the Huygens mission, the major discoveries of Huygens, and will consider the significance these discoveries in the broader perspective of Saturn, the giant planets, and the solar system.