National Aeronautics and Space Administration Logo
Follow this link to skip to the main content NASA Banner
Solar System Exploration
Missions to Saturn
 By Target   By Name   By Decade 
Beyond Our Solar System Our Solar System Sun Mercury Venus Moon Earth Mars Dwarf Planets Dwarf Planets Dwarf Planets Asteroids Comets Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Kuiper Belt
Huygens Mission to Saturn

Goals: The 318 kg (852 pound) probe was designed to study the smog-like atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon Titan as it parachuted to the surface. It also carried cameras to photograph the moon's surface. Huygen's traveled to Saturn aboard NASA's Cassini orbiter.

Accomplishments: The Huygens probe successfully touched down on Titan in January 2005 -- the first spacecraft landing in the outer solar system and the farthest from Earth. The probe provided a detailed study Titan's atmosphere during a 2 hour and 27 minute descent and relayed data and images from Titan's muddy surface for another hour and 10 minutes.

Key Dates
15 Oct 1997:  Launch
14 Jan 2005:  Titan Landing (11:30 UTC)
Status: Successful
Fast Facts
Huygens Facts The probe is named for Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695), the Dutch astronomer who discovered Saturn's largest moon: Titan.

The Huygens landing on Titan was the first in the outer solar system and the farthest from Earth.

The probe was designed to float in case it landed in liquid.
Science & Technology Features
People Spotlight
Elizabeth Elizabeth "Zibi" Turtle
"Being a planetary scientist and working with spacecraft missions is one of the coolest jobs on the planet." Read More...
Awards and Recognition   Solar System Exploration Roadmap   Contact Us   Site Map   Print This Page
NASA Official: Kristen Erickson
Advisory: Dr. James Green, Director of Planetary Science
Outreach Manager: Alice Wessen
Curator/Editor: Phil Davis
Science Writer: Autumn Burdick
Producer: Greg Baerg
Webmaster: David Martin
> NASA Science Mission Directorate
> Budgets, Strategic Plans and Accountability Reports
> Equal Employment Opportunity Data
   Posted Pursuant to the No Fear Act
> Information-Dissemination Policies and Inventories
> Freedom of Information Act
> Privacy Policy & Important Notices
> Inspector General Hotline
> Office of the Inspector General
> NASA Communications Policy
> NASA Advisory Council
> Open Government at NASA
Last Updated: 9 Apr 2014