But what of Huygens , the European Space Agency
probe, that Cassini released onto Titan in 2005? Wouldn't that be a contamination hazard? Perhaps, but landing on Titan was considered a much more acceptable risk. "Given the fact that Titan is too cold and that there is no liquid water for life as we know it to evolve, the risk of contamination is practically non-existing," the European Space Agency
stated . "The harsh environment is expected to kill microorganisms that may have hitchhiked from Earth on board the clean space probe."