Titan Touchdown

On Jan. 14, 2005, ESA's Huygens probe made its descent to the surface of Saturn's hazy moon, Titan. Carried to Saturn by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Huygens made the most distant landing ever on another world, and the only landing on a body in the outer solar system. This video uses actual images taken by the probe during its two-and-a-half hour fall under its parachutes.

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+6 1. Judge-Jake commented 5 years ago

I was going to say "aren't we clever" but then I thought no 'WE' aren't, just a very small proportion of the population who have managed to push technology to this degree, it really is extraordinary and I salute them. :)<3<3
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+2 2. smi commented 5 years ago

I have no idea why this quote from Arthur C. Clark came to my mind watching this. It has nothing to do with Titan and Saturn. :)
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+5 3. MindTrick commented 5 years ago

Imagine you're sitting on a merry go round, and you have a basketball you have to throw and hit a certain target that isn't moving around like you are. That's pretty much what these people have to calculate when launching stuff into space, its pretty impressive. Many people tend for forget that everything in our solar system goes in orbit, and/or moving at high speeds. The origin of the vessel, and the destination as well, all in constant motion. And they still manage to land stuff ...

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#1 There is a "we". The friends and family of these people, the places where they live, their workplace, the guy that empties the garbage, and so on. We are all a part of it. You might not feel you ever contributed to any of the things in this video, but i'm pretty sure you've contributed to something else in the world, and its all connected. I don't think these people would be able to land a probe on another planet if they had to hunt their own food, sew their own clothing, or build their own shelter. We all make it possible. Not saying these people are not extraordinary, far from it. But i don't want anyone to feel they are worthless in comparison, we are all important in one way or another.
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+2 4. thundersnow commented 5 years ago

#3 I like how you said that! :)