Huygens spacecraft

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

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

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Huygens Descent Module and shieldAccess the image

The Entry Assembly Module carried the equipment to control Huygens after the separation from Cassini, and had a shield that acted 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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