Artist's rendition of Titan flyby T 42

March 25, 2008

With apologies to Douglas Adams, author of the classic science fiction novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy": Earth is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the galaxy. The sapient life forms on Earth are currently sending primitive technology to study the most spectacular planet in the Sun's system: Saturn. On this day, the primitive technology, will fly by Titan, the most Earth-like moon in that solar system. While Earth has been deemed "mostly harmless," the jury is still out on Titan.

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