February 5th, 2005.
9:30 PM (North American Central Time)
Somewhere in the Kansas State…
…Huygens has safely landed!
It appears to have landed on a surface resembling sand made of ice grains. What a beautiful day for the astronomers all around the world! And what a beautiful landscape that we see now from the blur images of the probe´s camera. It really looks like a twin of the planet Mars, but we still need to confirm the data that the probe will be sending us in the next couple of months, when it will be on a mission of the exploration of the strange surface of the Saturn´s biggest moon.
The surface and the atmosphere of the mighty Titan is one of the greatest mysteries of our Solar System, and I strongly believe and wish that the wonder of the ESA´s modern scientific instruments on this magnificent lander will verify some of the theories that the astronomers, along with other scientists have for such a long time…
Steve, Steve, where are you?
I´m here mother, in the living room, watching TV.
Steve, you know it´s late, it´s already 10 pm, you have to go to sleep, you know you have to go to school tomorrow, and get up very early.
But mother, it´s only 9:49 pm, and I really like this TV show about astronomy. Can´t I stay awake little bit longer?
No, you can´t. You know how much problems you have with getting up in the morning. I´m sick and tired climbing the old stairs and coming to your room every morning and spending half an hour waking you up, or better said, dragging you out from your bed.
Don´t you mother to me, I said what I said, now turn of the TV, brush your teeth and go straight to bed!
No more reading Sci Fi comic books under your blanket in the middle of the night!
When Steven finally switched off the TV, he slowly climbed the old and creaking wooden stairs, brushed his teeth, put on his old and worn Star Wars pajamas, and slowly fell asleep, thinking of some distant and mysterious worlds.
(continued in Part II…)
Cover Image & Source: An artist’s concept of the Huygens probe on Titan @ NASA Solar System Exploration)
P.S. Thank you Resizeimage.net!