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NASA announces new mission to Explore Saturn's Largest Moon

NASA to launch a new mission to explore Titan, Saturn's largest moon, using a drone lander called "Dragonfly".
NASA announces new mission to Explore Saturn's Largest Moon

Details:

  • The crewless craft with four propellers is slated to launch in 2026 and reach its destination in 2034.
  • The nuclear-powered Dragonfly is expected to spend two years flying vast distances across Titan's surface and touching down at different sites of interest.
  • It will visit the icy moon's dunes and the floor of a crater to search for signs of past or present microbial life.
  • Its instruments will also investigate the atmosphere and an underground ocean.
  • The similarity to our own planet means Saturn's moon could potentially hold clues for researchers about the origins of life.

About Titan:

  • Based on images collected by a previous mission, Titan has a rocky, rugged landscape, with lakes made of methane and ethane.
  • It also has an ocean below its crust.
  • It is the only place, besides Earth, known to have liquid rivers, lakes and seas.
  • Of the more than 150 known moons in the solar system, Titan is the second-largest, and the only one with a thick, hazy atmosphere.
  • Like Earth, its atmosphere is nitrogen-based. But unlike Earth, Titan has clouds and rain of methane.

One must know:

  • The European Space Agency's Cassini-Huygens probe became the first spacecraft to land on Titan in 2005.
  • That mission measured the temperature, pressure and density of the atmosphere and took pictures of the moon's surface.

Question:

Q. What is the name of the drone lander that will be launched by NASA in a new mission to explore Titan, Saturn's largest moon?
a. Dragonfly
b. Pathfinder
c. Space Ranger
d. Galaxy X
NASA announces new mission to Explore Saturn's Largest Moon NASA announces new mission to Explore Saturn's Largest Moon Reviewed by Neha Verma on July 01, 2019 Rating: 5

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