Friday, January 14, 2005


Clash of the Titans

So I'm sure some of you have heard about the Cassini spacecraft that is currently orbiting Saturn. It was launched way back in 1997 and took it 8 years to get out there. But it made it and launched a probe onto Titan, Saturn's largest moon. So far very little is known about it. Its atmosphere is 3 times as tall as ours and 1.5 times as massive. The surface temperature is -292 degrees F(-180 degrees C) and has pools of liquid methane. But of course Huygens is designed to withstand all of this and is beaming back all of this information to Cassini who is beaming it back to us.

And Saturn is also visible now until the 23rd. It's near Castor and Pollux, stars in the Gemini constellation, and it's near Orion's belt. But the NASA website said even with a crappy department store telescope you can see the rings of Saturn. And it'll be a yellow/golden star to the east. It was cloudy here last night, so I didn't see it, but I'm gonna check tonight.

But here's the CNN article:
  • Huygens lands on Saturn

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