Thursday, March 25, 2010

In Honor Of Christiaan Huygens

On this day in 1655, Christiaan Huygens discovered Saturn's moon Titan. Below is NASA's breathtaking footage as the Huygens probe drifts over landscape suggestive of snowy mountaintops, river channels and shorelines before coming to rest in a dry riverbed scattered with polished stones.

One of my favorite moments in the film starts at 3:42 into the 4:41 footage, when the shadow of the probe's parachute passes across the eerily familiar terrain.

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