NASA Dragonfly mission: Aerial view of Titan

(ORDO NEWS) — Dragonfly is NASA‘s upcoming mission to Titan , Saturn ‘s largest. Titan is the second object of the solar system after the Earth, which has a dense atmosphere, and on the surface of which there are open “reservoirs” represented by rivers and lakes of liquid hydrocarbons (methane and ethane).

As part of the Dragonfly mission, a lander will be sent to Titan carrying an aircraft that, using Titan’s low gravity and high atmospheric pressure, will explore the curious world of the outer solar system from a bird’s eye view.

Thanks to this, Dragonfly will be able to study hundreds of square kilometers of the surface of Saturn’s moon, providing us with detailed information about the climate, geology and chemistry.

The Dragonfly mission is one of a determined effort to test Titan’s habitability/uninhabitability status.

The module will land on the dark dunes of Shangri-La, at the foot of a broken ice cliff, next to the 90-kilometer Selk crater.

From there, the study of the mysterious world, which many scientists compare with the young Earth, will begin.

NASA Dragonfly mission Aerial view of Titan 2
Dragonfly future landing site

The Dragonfly mission will launch in 2027 and land on Titan in 2034.

The video attached to the article (below) shows the testing of the prototype Dragonfly aircraft, which will conquer the skies of another world for the foreseeable future.

Recall that humanity has already made a successful landing on Titan as part of the NASA / ESA / ISA Cassini-Huygens mission. This event took place on January 14, 2005.


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