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Laboratory simulator for Titan's atmosphere and surface
Author(s): James R. C. Garry; John C. Zarnecki
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Paper Abstract

A system has been built at the University of Kent at Canterbury to calibrate devices that will be carried on the Huygens probe to the surface of Titan as part of the Cassini mission to the Saturnian system. This system can simulate Titan's atmosphere to an effective altitude of around 30 km, and it can condense, store, and sample quantities of liquid hydrocarbons. The tested devices form the Huygen's surface science package (SSP) which measures a wide variety of parameters, making it a critical tool for exploring Titan's troposphere and surface. Preliminary results from the calibration of SSP instruments are presented and an assessment is made of the accuracy with which a medium's composition can be determined by sensors acting alone, and in concert with other SSP instruments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 October 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2803, Cassini/Huygens: A Mission to the Saturnian Systems, (7 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.253433
Show Author Affiliations
James R. C. Garry, Univ. of Kent at Canterbury (United Kingdom)
John C. Zarnecki, Univ. of Kent at Canterbury (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2803:
Cassini/Huygens: A Mission to the Saturnian Systems
Linda Horn, Editor(s)

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