Physics Seminar


Journey to the surface of
Saturn’s moon Titan



Michael Torbett
Division of Natural Science and Mathematics
Macon State College

Wednesday, 3/30/2005, 4:30 pm
Willet Science Center 101


Launched in October 1997 The European Space Agency’s Huygens probe hitched a ride on NASA’s Cassini mission to explore the Saturn system.  Last December 25th  the Huygens probe separated on an intercept course for the moon Titan and successfully plunged into that moon’s atmosphere this January 14.  Parachuting down to the surface this probe revealed a landscape beneath the enshrouding clouds that surprised everyone.  This talk will trace this journey to the enigmatic surface of this body which turns out to be in appearance the most Earth-like body in the solar system albeit at a much colder temperature.

Please join us for light refreshments at 4:15pm outside WSC 109.