Friday, February 11, 2005

Blowing in the wind

The Huygens probe which touched down on Titan last month was a huge success, but amid all of the excitement it emerged that an experiment designed to measure atmospheric windspeeds might have been doomed, because the relevant relay on the orbiter Cassini was never turned on. Now, via Slashdot, the ESA is reporting that earth-based telescopes in fact were able to pick up much of the transmission.

Sounds like a good thing. I had read that the principal investigator had put more than a decade into designing the instrument, only to have the data lost in space...

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