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A EUROPEAN SPACE PROBE scheduled to visit Titan, Saturn's largest moon, was tested in the 16-foot transonic wind tunnel at the Air Force's Arnold Engineering Development Center. The mission of the Huygens probe, named after Dutch astronomer Christian Huygens who discovered Titan in 1655, is to collect atmospheric data from Titan. The probe will land by parachute. The model of the probe was fitted with scaled main and pilot parachutes. The chutes were opened at speeds ranging from 350 to 1,000 mph while information was gathered on their inflation characteristics. A spacecraft is being developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to carry the probe to the vicinity of Titan. If launched on schedule in 1997, it should reach Titan in 2002. The Huygens test model was designed and fabricated by Micro Craft Inc. in Tullahoma, Tenn., for the GE Aerospace Corp., which is under contract to the European Space Agency.

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