An artist’s conception of Huygens, now silent on the surface of Titan.
History was made nine years ago today, when the European Space Agency’s Huygens spacecraft successfully landed on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Released 20 days prior on Christmas Day, Huygens survived its descent and lasted 1.5 hours on the icy moon’s surface before succumbing to the extreme cold. The probe managed to return images during descent and from the surface, and the feat still stands as the most distant landing on another world to date. [Read more...]