December 17, 2004
A Daimler-Benz Aerospace staff member inspects the heat shield of the Huygens probe after the shield was installed in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center, in July 1997. Instruments mounted on the probe, which is owned by the European Space Agency, will receive atmospheric and surface data on Saturn's main moon, Titan, to send back to Earth as part of the Cassini mission. The back cover, yet to be attached, will protect the probe during descent onto Titan.
Cassini is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Cassini mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C.
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