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New Huygens Titan descent video available 24

pamaru writes "Scientists from the Cassini/Huygens mission Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR) team have released new Huygens video footage. "This descent animation lasting about 1 minute starts at an altitude of 300 km and moves eastward along the trajectory that the Huygens probe traveled on its journey to Titan's surface. The Cassini orbiter ISS, RADAR & VIMS images of this area are displayed in quick succession followed by DISR mosaics from increasingly lower altitudes. The surface color is approximately what a human observer riding along with the probe would see, if she or he could see the surface through Titan's atmospheric haze." This is cool stuff... grab it from the DISR homepage or from Coral Cache"
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New Huygens Titan descent video available

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  • Nothing says science like launching lumps of metal with sensors on them through atmosphere's...
  • I watched both vids I could'nt tell wether the first one was real images or just animated though.
  • by Ford Prefect ( 8777 ) on Monday May 08, 2006 @07:20AM (#15284342) Homepage
    There are lots of images and videos with detailed descriptions over at the ESA site [] - similarly there's stuff over at the JPL website [].

    It's all real imaging data, carefully stitched together and colorised (using real data again) - it's probably about as good results as they can possibly get. Titan's gone from being a strange, difficult-to-imagine world to being somewhere almost homely (near-Earth-like rolling hills and eroded valleys) - all thanks to this one little space probe...
    • I went and had a look at the ESA site. Then I noticed this:

      "Note to editors:

      The Huygens probe landing was the most distant touch-down ever made by a human-built spacecraft."

      Errr... "human-built?" Do they know something we don't?

  • by Kranfer ( 620510 ) on Monday May 08, 2006 @07:22AM (#15284359) Homepage Journal
    Personally, I think this probe that landed on Titan is one of the most interesting as far as Media content goes so far. I love these animals of the Radar working as the probe lands on the surface... very, very interesting. I am just hoping that the new Pulto Probe has some awesome media content once it gets there, and even the new MRO orbiting Mars. I love space... And Nasa has surprised me time and again with what they can do, especially with the rovers that have been running for 2 years on Mars. Amazing.

    The only thing I wish the Titan probe returned more of was pictures of the decent and more areas on the moon as it landed.
    • Expect the New Horizons mission to Pluto to disappoint you then. It will take pictures and spectrometry/radar readings for a few brief hours as it flies by, transmit it all to earth, then go to sleep again as it continues into the Kuiper belt to rendezvous with a couple objects out there. To be fair, they will be by far the most revealing pictures of Pluto ever and answer a ton of questions about the planet, but I don't expect them to be any more impressive to the untrained eye than the comet closeups from
  • by Jim Hall ( 2985 ) on Monday May 08, 2006 @07:26AM (#15284374) Homepage

    Alas, downloading the AVI from CoralCache doesn't really help you. When you grab the AVI via the cache, it sends you to the original site (one presumes they don't cache movie files):

    $ wget /Descent_On_Titan_1.avi
    --07:14:35-- /Descent_On_Titan_1.avi
    => `Descent_On_Titan_1.avi'
    Connecting to||:8090 ... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302
    Location: tan_1.avi?coral-no-serve [following]
    --07:14:36-- tan_1.avi?coral-no-serve
    => `Descent_On_Titan_1.avi?coral-no-serve'
    Connecting to||:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 276,597,248 (264M) [video/x-msvideo]

    Maybe it would help if I posted the link to Google video's copy []. I think it's the same.

    • Thanks! That's the video I beleive everyone is looking for. Mod parent up! As an aside, I was really mesmerized by the musical noted the were playing throughout. Where they used to notify us whenever a new picture was being taken?
    • I thought this sort of thing was the whole point of the Coral Cache.
    • Alas, downloading the AVI from CoralCache doesn't really help you. When you grab the AVI via the cache, it sends you to the original site

      From their FAQ []:

      Because of bandwidth overuse, we temporarily capped off Coral to disallow transfers of files greater than 50 MB. [...] instead of just returned some type of error message (like 403: Forbidden), we are transparently redirecting clients back to the origin site, where they at least have a possibility of downloading the file, and the server is not in worse sha

  • I think I was seeing smoke from the server for trying to download a /.'ed 200+ MB video file! Good job, people, let's all download a 200+ MB file. Any chance you could reduce that to around 5 MB and just show a clip?!
  • Just imagine having a 100 foot screen and lots of popcorn! :-D
  • torrent? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by drinkypoo ( 153816 ) <> on Monday May 08, 2006 @12:04PM (#15286285) Homepage Journal
    I doubt anyone viewing this story now can actually get the file in a timely fashion. Anyone have a torrent?
  • 260 megs... come on.
  • Well, the coral cache doesn't actually seem to be helping at all. I apparently have a good twelve hours before I have the video to be able to make a torrent out of it. I just cancelled it, hoping to free up a little extra bandwidth so somebody else can finish downloading it quicker to make a torrent out of it. This seems like a very good application of the technology, after all...
  • Anyone else having problems playing this? I got it on two systems using different networks and both mplayer and xine say there is no video stream....
  • Mirror copies (Score:4, Informative)

    by Bamfarooni ( 147312 ) on Monday May 08, 2006 @04:03PM (#15288326)

You have a tendency to feel you are superior to most computers.