Seventeen years ago today, on January 14, 2005, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft carrying the European Huygens probe descended to Titan’s surface. Cassini-Huygens went on a seven-year journey to the astounding worlds of Saturn and its family of icy moons. But how did the Cassini-Huygens mission come to life? In this blog post, we introduce you to some historical aspects of the mission.
The James Webb Space Telescope—the most powerful and complex cosmic observatory ever built—is now fully deployed. After an incredible amount of meticulous planning and almost half a year of deployment and commissioning, in addition to slowly unfolding over two weeks, it is now on a mission to study the earliest stars and explore every phase of cosmic history.