Video from 5th anniversary of the Huygens probe landing on Titan

Just over seven years ago, on the 14th January 2005 at approximately 11:30 UTC, the Huygens probe (part of the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn) touched down on the surface of Titan.

The video below, released for the 5th anniversary of the probe’s touchdown, is a time-compressed montage of what was imaged as Huygens descended through the thick atmosphere of Titan over the course of about four hours. The sounds accompanying the video are representations of various data, such as the rotation of the probe and the strength of the radio signal between Huygens and the Cassini spacecraft.

In case the video won’t play for you, the full link is: where you can also find a full description of what all the charts and sounds are.

Although it’s somewhat “old news” it’s still a fascinating video, and always brings to (my) mind the fleeting Venera images from Venus.