On Friday January 14 the Huygens Probe
touched down on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan. Astronomy
Ireland is delighted to be associated with "The Irish Times"
for this high profile lecture. The Cassini-Huygens mission to
Saturn is one of the most ambitious efforts in planetary space
exploration ever mounted. Professor Murray was involved in
developing the Cassini imaging system. The Huygens imaging system, took hundreds of photographs as it
headed towards Titan as well as gathering loads of information on
Titan's atmosphere and surface. It then beamed its radio
signals to the orbiter Cassini flying overhead and Cassini in turn sent the collected research data to earth.
images of a hitherto largely unknown world are fascinating.
Professor Murray will describe the mission and what it has achieved as
well as showing new images and the latest up to date research results
from this amazing
Titan Credit ESA
Remember IRELAND is a member of E.S.A. It is OUR space agency too
so we can be proud. Some of the Cassini software was developed in
Ireland for E.S.A. for example.
The pictures will appear in our magazine, please subscribe both to have
a record of the historic landing and to support astronomy in Ireland. Click
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Professor Carl D. Murray
BSc in Applied Mathematics with Astrophysics, Queen Mary College, London
PhD in Astronomy, Queen Mary College, London (1980)
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