After seven years of waiting, the landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is now being celebrated as the latest segment of human exploration of space. The announcement that the probe had relayed scientific data via the Cassini mother ship orbiting Saturn was received with applause and jubilation at the European Space Agency’s mission control in Darmstadt, Germany.
A joint project of NASA, ESA and the Italian space agency, the Cassini-Huygens mission was launched on October 15, 1997 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It swung by Venus, Earth, and Jupiter before entering Saturn’s orbit on July 1, 2004.
Images previously unseen because of the thick haze surrounding Saturn and its moons will be viewed by millions on Earth over the course of the next few days. Data received from the probe is expected to shed light on the atmosphere of Titan and possibly yield clues about the origin of life on Earth.
This wonderful news is a great New Year start to many scientific “ahas” that will be announced at a fast pace within and beyond the next three years. The continuous advancement in consciousness on Earth that supports and facilitates every scientific breakthrough such as this successful probe landing on Titan, heralds the transformation of commonly accepted views of reality within the very near future.