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Destination Titan [DVD]


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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: The Open University
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun. 2011
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FFNAO8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,814 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Hugyens probe was the most distant vessel to land anywhere in our solar system. Stunning images and data were sent back from Titan, Saturn's largest moon. The scientific instruments aboard the probe helped to paint a picture of an exotic new world, with methane seas, volcanoes and cliffs of ice. The first-ever pictures from Titan adorned the front pages of newspapers around the world, but the inside story of this extraordinary mission remains largely untold. Featuring never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews, this is the incredible story of the small team of scientists who were the first to 'touch the surface' of this mysterious moon.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean Michel on 14 Feb. 2014
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This 60 minute documentary benefits from the fact that the UK team working on equipment for the Huygens probe sent to Saturn's largest moon (Titan) in 1997 were filmed in development stages. So this was a great insight into the very real challenges, frustrations and achievements of the team: almost from start to finish. As a result, the documentary gives one a much better sense of the reality of the science and engineering challenges and how they were overcome by the UK team in their efforts to meet the deadline for the delivery date compared to some of the more 'publicity type' documentaries on such missions. It presented a very human story and was certainly no easy ride; and this all before the nail-biting moments in Mission Control as the Huygens probe carried its payload down to the surface of Titan.

Apart from giving one a real sense of the mission, which after all had to wait 7 years after the day of launch on 15 October 1997 until 14 January 2005 when the probe made its final descent to Titan's surface, the documentary made one appreciate the dedication and patience of the various scientists and engineers involved in such missions to our more distant planets and moons in the solar system. For me, they remind one of the pains taking effort, patience and endeavour of craftsman of another age. In the middle ages, before the days of the printing press, when monks and other scribes could spend years labouring away at the ornamental decoration of some of the works for many years to produce the finished copy.

Perhaps at some future date, trips to Saturn and Titan from Earth will be no more of a challenge than a scheduled long-haul flight today; we constantly see such images in some of the better produced science fiction movies.
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What a story. A lovely illustration of how ones dream can turn to reality. JZ has 99 problems but reaching Titan ain't one!
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