Landing on Titan

Posted in Final Frontier on January 13th 2005 by Randy Reichardt

:: The Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan will be covered live tomorrow on NASA-TV, on the web, very early in the morning. The European Space Agency’s Huygen Probe will begin its descent to Titan on Friday. More info is available on the ESA Cassini-Huygens site. The detailed Huygens descent timeline provides details to the minute, including parachute deployment, data transmission to Cassini, atmosphere sampling, and surface touchdown.

:: This is the time of year that can be called The Cold and The Dark. Late sunrises and early sunsets, coupled with sub-sub-zero temperatures. The forecast is calling for -34C tonight. It is nights like these that give us character. Next Thursday, the high is predicted to be +5C.

:: From Google Groups, access to 800,000,000 Usenet messages back to 1981. Very scary. Thank God all I did in the 80s was discuss music and movies in those damn newsgroups.

Google has fully integrated the past 20 years of Usenet archives into Google Groups, which now offers access to more than 800 million messages dating back to 1981. This is by far the most complete collection of Usenet articles ever assembled and a fascinating first-hand historical account.

Google has fully integrated the past 20 years of Usenet archives into Google Groups, which now offers access to more than 800 million messages dating back to 1981. This is by far the most complete collection of Usenet articles ever assembled and a fascinating first-hand historical account.

We compiled some especially memorable articles and threads in the timeline below. For example, read Tim Berners-Lee’s announcement of what became the World Wide Web or Linus Torvalds’ post about his “pet project”. You can find more in-depth information about the archive here.

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