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Cassini-Huygens, Saturn probe

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Welcome fellow space fanatics! This is my model of the Cassini-Huygens probe, made in a joint project by NASA, ESA and ASI. The spacecraft was launched in 1997, and reached its destination, Saturn, in 2004. Since then, it has been in orbit around the ringed world, taking one stunning snapshot after another of the planets rings, moons and weather. The Huygens probe separated from Cassini and made a special trip to the moon Titan, where it descended through the atmosphere and landed on solid ground in 2005. The mission is still ongoing to this day. Though previous spacecraft have visited Saturn, Cassini is the first to orbit it and study the system in detail.  The two-part spacecraft is named after astronomers Giovanni Cassini and Christiaan Huygens. The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft have played an important role in space exploration, specifically getting better knowledge of  the ringed planet, Saturn.

 

The spacecraft launched on October 15, 1997 aboard a Titan IVB/Centaur and entered orbit around Saturn on July 1, 2004, after an interplanetary voyage that included flybys of Earth, Venus, and Jupiter. On December 25, 2004, Huygens separated from the orbiter at approximately 2:00 UTC. It reached Saturn's moon Titan on January 14, 2005, when it entered Titan's atmosphere and descended to the surface. It successfully returned data to Earth, using the orbiter as a relay. This was the first landing ever accomplished in the outer Solar System.

 

Nearly a decade after entering orbit, on April 3, 2014, NASA reported that evidence for a large underground ocean of liquid water on Enceladus, a moon of Saturn, had been found by Cassini. According to scientists, evidence of an underground ocean suggests that Enceladus is one of the most likely places in the Solar System to "host microbial life". On June 30, 2014, NASA celebrated ten years of Cassini exploring Saturn and its moons, highlighting the discovery of water activity on Enceladus among other findings.

 

The model I have made includes detachable Huygens probe (held in by two studs) and can be easily taken off for, “Titan probing.” The project also includes a stand that both has a description of Cassini-Huygens on the left panel and can let you rest this important role in space exploration on the stand, and is a great model too both build, and play with. The model is accurate to size of a minifigure and would be a great addition to the Lego space category. Total piece count (Cassini-Huygens + stand): 168

 

Link if you want to know more about Cassini-Huygens:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassini%E2%80%93Huygens

Please check out my other project:

https://ideas.lego.com/projects/88695

 

Future updates may include a video of the set that will be showing live demonstrations of the project and how it works.

Thank you for supporting this project and hope that your own projects make it to 10,000 supporters! Have fun building!

 

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