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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