Laboratory simulator for Titan's atmosphere and surface


Garry, James R.C. and Zarnecki, John C. (1996) Laboratory simulator for Titan's atmosphere and surface. In, Horn, Linda (ed.) Cassini/Huygens: a Mission to the Saturnian Systems. Bellingham, USA, International Society for Optical Engineering, 55-63. (Proceedings of SPIE, 2803). (doi:10.1117/12.253433).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.253433

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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.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 081942191 (hardback)
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Keywords: titan, huygens, cryogenic
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences
ePrint ID: 45910
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:30
Publisher: International Society for Optical Engineering
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/45910

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