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Destination Titan

Author: Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.; Open University.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], ©2011.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It was a voyage of exploration like no other. Intrigued by the similarity of Titan's atmosphere to that of a primordial Earth, scientists in 1997 sent a probe to Saturn's largest moon to test its surface for conditions that might harbor life. This fascinating program tells the story of the Cassini-Huygens probe and the engineering team who built it-a group of graduate students, led by researcher John Zernecki,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Videorecording
Educational films
Internet videos
Additional Physical Format: Originally produced:
Open University, 2011
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.; Open University.
OCLC Number: 783173458
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on September 23, 2011.
Title from distributor's description.
Target Audience: 9 & up.
Description: 1 streaming video file (60 min.) : sound, color, digital file
Contents: Film Prelude: Destination Titan (2:57) --
Yuri Gagarin's Flight (2:27) --
Space: From Science Fiction to Practicality (2:00) --
Titan: Saturn's Moon (2:15) --
Halley's Comet (1:13) --
Cassini Mission (2:55) --
Mission to Titan (2:10) --
Division of Labor (2:56) --
Graduate Researchers: Cheap Labor (1:24) --
Mystery of Titan's Surface (4:31) --
Preparation for Titan's Cold Surface (2:21) --
Engineering Failure (2:28) --
Scientists vs. Protesters (2:16) --
Cassini Rocket Launch (4:14) --
A Two-Billion-Mile Voyage (3:24) --
Cassini in Orbit (3:19) --
Into Titan's Atmosphere (3:35) --
Huygens' First Data (3:48) --
Successful Landing on Titan (1:52) --
Data from Huygens Means Success (2:38) --
Pictures from the Surface of Titan (3:13) --
Credits: Destination Titan (0:51).
Responsibility: Open University.
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It was a voyage of exploration like no other. Intrigued by the similarity of Titan's atmosphere to that of a primordial Earth, scientists in 1997 sent a probe to Saturn's largest moon to test its surface for conditions that might harbor life. This fascinating program tells the story of the Cassini-Huygens probe and the engineering team who built it-a group of graduate students, led by researcher John Zernecki, working on a shoestring budget. Despite setbacks and a major last-minute glitch, the endeavor succeeded beyond expectations, yielding remarkable images of Titan's mountains, rock fields, and seas of liquid methane. With stunning re-creations of the probe's interplanetary trip, the video documents the joint NASA/ESA mission.

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