The Sound of Saturn: The Winds of Titan, from the Huygens Probe

The actual sound recording from the Huygens Probe as it descends through the methane atmospheres of Titan, to land on the surface of this moon of Saturn. This is the sound of the landing on another body in our solar system most distant from the earth. Professor Carolin Crawford, Gresham Professor of Astronomy, introduces the recording, describing the 2 1/2 hour descent through the methane winds blowing at 6 to 7 km per hour. She then goes on to explain why we haven't yet been able to hear the sound of the atmosphere of Mars, and how we might be able to soon. This is an extract from a free public lecture by Carolin Crawford, Gresham Professor of Astronomy: 'The Sounds of the Universe'. The transcript and downloadable versions of the full hour-long lecture are available from the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-sounds-of-the-universe Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There is currently over 1,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreshamCollege Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gresham-College/14011689941

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