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Xnomad
01-14-2005, 05:03 AM
(Written last night, Sydney time)

Well it seems as if the main chute has deployed successfully as the carrier signal is working. Hopefully when I wake up tomorrow (Sydney Australia time) all has gone well and the probe has landed successfully on Titan and is doing its job.

So exciting that we are probing something much further away and more interesting than Mars!

Good link for updates is the ESA site here:

http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Cassini-Huygens/

HansKnappstick
01-14-2005, 06:09 AM
It should have touched down by now.

Xnomad
01-14-2005, 10:36 PM
Wow I thought all flight simmers where a bit nerdy, seems like no one cares that we have sucessfully landed a probe on Saturns moon Titan.

I missed the good news as I've been surfing and playing beach volleyball since I woke up all morning and afternoon phew and there was no info on the radio!

The first pics are on the ESA website now, I really can't believe that after 7 years it all worked beautifully, I was worried it was going to be another Beagle 2!

Well it makes me happy, don't know about you guys.

_VR_ScorpionWorm
01-14-2005, 11:24 PM
Took Astronomy in HS and enjoyed every class, been following this on AOL for some time. Yeah, I know, Im a nerd, I also enjoy SciFi channel. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Xnomad
01-14-2005, 11:49 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by _VR_ScorpionWorm:
Took Astronomy in HS and enjoyed every class, been following this on AOL for some time. Yeah, I know, Im a nerd, I also enjoy SciFi channel. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

LOL that's probably why I used to be a cadet in Vultures Row with you before moving to Australia, VR is a fine squad that attracts people of a different calibre http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif I'm still impressed with the way _VR_Ghost and the others ran training and the website.

LEXX_Luthor
01-15-2005, 12:01 AM
When I heard the space news which I don't follow anymore, I went to http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/index.php webboard for the Scoops (under General Astronomy)...somebody had posted a neat link...

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>How a Swedish engineer saved a once-in-a-lifetime mission to Saturn's mysterious moon

By James Oberg

http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/WEBONLY/publicfeature/oct04/1004titan.html
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

woofiedog
01-15-2005, 12:40 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif More Titan facts
Titan's diameter is 3,200 miles (5,150 kilometers), about 40 percent as large as Earth.
The thick haze is about 120 miles (200 kilometers) up.
The atmospheric pressure near Titan's surface is 60 percent greater than on Earth at sea level.
The atmospheric temperature near Titan's surface is minus 288 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 178 degrees Celsius).
As on Earth, the most abundant gas in Titan's atmosphere is nitrogen. Unlike our home planet, methane is the second most abundant gas. More than a dozen other gases are also present.
The thickness (extent) of Titan's atmosphere is about 10 times that of Earth.
Titan is the second largest moon in the solar system; only Jupiter's Ganymede is larger.
Titan and Ganymede are both larger than the planets Mercury and Pluto.
Titan apparently keeps the same face toward Saturn as it orbits the gas-giant planet (our Moon also keeps one face toward Earth at all times). Hence a Titanic "day" is equivalent to the time it takes it to orbit Saturn.
Titan orbits Saturn in just under 16 Earth days (orbital period = 15.9454 days).
Titan orbits Saturn at a distance of 759,210 miles (1,221,830 kilometers) from Saturn's center.

http://www.foxnews.com/images/142692/4_21_saturn_moons.jpg


Mimas, one of Saturn's moons.

http://www.the-planet-saturn.com/pictures/mimas-picture.jpg

http://www.toysrgus.com/images-props/deathstar1.jpg

Akronnick
01-15-2005, 04:07 AM
That's no moon, It's a space station!