Huygens spacecraft

The Huygens probe measures 2.7 metres across and is built like a shellfish: a hard shell to protect a delicate interior from extreme temperatures experienced during the descent through the atmosphere.

It consists of two parts: the Entry Assembly Module and the Descent Module.

Huygens Descent Module and shieldAccess the image

The Entry Assembly Module carries the equipment to control Huygens after the separation from Cassini, and has a shield that will act as a brake and as thermal protection.

The Descent Module contains the scientific instruments. The probe will use three different parachutes in sequence during the descent.

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