posted on Dec, 21 2004 @ 10:15 AM
Due to a problem discovered in 2000, it has been decided to wake the probe hours before it's descent instead of the scheduled minutes.
This will hopefully ensure a full download of data as opposed to the predicted 90%, which was due to the Doppler effect.
Titan probe gets early alarm call
Ground controllers are waking Huygens up earlier than originally planned to boost data transmission from the probe.
On Tuesday, ground controllers set the timer for Huygens' wake-up call, to bring it out of hibernation mode prior to entry on 14 January.
The probe will be transmitting data back to Earth throughout its descent.
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I am glad to see that this was spotted so early and that the authorities have, for once, taken measures to counter the effect.
All too many missions result in failure or a major reduction in success due to the un-anticipated.
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[edit on 21-12-2004 by Koka]