Dr. L. Popken's analytical model enabled the remote correction of a critical communication error.
|6 Jul 2009||Linda Webb||
"On January 14, 2005, one engineer watched nervously as a probe named Huygens began its descent toward Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Like many of his colleagues on the joint European Space Agency (ESA)-NASA program, systems engineer Luitjens Popken had worked for years to ensure the success of the Cassini-Huygens mission to explore Saturn and its moons. Just weeks before, the Cassini spacecraft had ejected the Huygens probe, sending it coasting toward a parachute landing on Titan to provide scientists with detailed information and dramatic photos of the moon's atmosphere and surface."