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Huygens seen by Cassini, Taken two days after lander release
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post May 14 2018, 02:34 AM
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Cassini took a few pictures of the Huygens lander two days after (Dec. 27) it was released from the main probe on Dec. 25, 2004 to check on its trajectory, which was found to be correct within the expected error range. This is one of them, more exposed on the left and less exposed on the right (click for full res):

It's not too impressive, but I found it neat smile.gif

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post May 14 2018, 03:20 AM
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Almost looks like a disc, not a point! How far away were the two spacecraft at the time?
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post May 15 2018, 06:51 PM
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If memory serves, there were two imaging sessions. First was a WAC (9x9 ?) mosaic to find the probe, and this was used to cue a NAC image (which is the one that exhibits a disc, with a bit of shadowing, that I show in the Haynes book)

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Almost looks like a disc, not a point! How far away were the two spacecraft at the time?

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