Huygens' Surface Science Package
Source: Space Science Reviews, Volume 104, Numbers 1-4, 2002 , pp. 593-611(19)
The design and performance of the Surface Science Package (SSP) on the Huygens probe are discussed. This instrument consists of nine separate sensors that are designed to measure a wide range of physical properties of Titan's lower atmosphere, surface, and sub-surface. By measuring a number of physical properties of the surface it is expected that the SSP will be able to constrain the inferred composition and structure of the moon's near-surface environment. Although the SSP is primarily designed to sense properties of the surface, some of its sensors will also make measurements of the atmosphere along the probe's entry path and will complement the data gathered by other experiments on the Huygens probe.
Document Type: Research article
Affiliations: 1: Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom 2: E-mail: J.C.Zarnecki@open.ac.uk 3: Unit for Space Sciences and Astrophysics, The University of Kent at Canterbury, Canterbury, United Kingdom
Publication date: 2002-01-01