NASA prepares to journey to Saturn’s moon – Titan

NASA готовится к путешествию на спутник Сатурна - Титан

The new mission includes groupdeny lander, explores the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan. The mission is called “Dragonfly” received the coveted place for the financing of the program of NASA “New frontiers”, which finances ambitious missions to explore objects in our Solar system.

“Dragonfly is a drone the size of a Rover that will be able to fly from place to place on Titan,” – said at a briefing Elizabeth SIBI, lead researcher of the mission. Dual Quad length of 10 feet and a width of 10 feet will look like a giant drone with eight rotors that help him fly over the surface of the moon about 8 or 9 miles (12-14 km) in less than an hour. He’ll do one of these “jumps” about every 16 days, scouting future landing sites, spending a lot of time on the sample surface and observing the weather. He will also be able to make shorter jumps, just a few feet, if scientists notice something interesting near the landing site. It is reported by the Informant Tech, citing The Verge.

On Titan to fly on the vehicle the vehicle is easier than to go to get to different places that scientists would like to explore. Gravity is only one seventh of the earth’s forces, and the atmosphere is four times thicker than our planet. This makes it ideal for flying. “If you wear wings, you can fly on Titan,” says Elizabeth.

“Dragonfly” will expand our view of distant objects in the Solar system – in this case, on Saturn’s moon Titan, whose quirky chemistry and the dense atmosphere years has interested scientists. (This is the only moon in our system, which boasts a significant atmosphere). The Huygens probe, which Cassini carried, first showed us the surface of the moon. Then Cassini has discovered that Titan has lakes of liquid methane, making it the only other body in our Solar system, which boasts a liquid other than Earth. The ability of the Dragonfly to travel at the surface will allow the researchers to visit some interesting places during the scheduled two-year mission, covering nearly 108 miles (175 kilometres) during this time.

His first target will be a sea of sand dunes that offers a safe landing area. Turtle describes them as “basically the large Zen gardens in the Solar system, surrounded by almost the entire Equatorial region”. From there, Dragonfly, powered by nuclear generator and the onboard batteries will eventually get to the crater Village, taking photos and samples along the way.

The spacecraft is loaded with scientific equipment. Researchers interested in the Geology of Titan. But they are also really interested in chemistry. As with any mission, they will be looking for evidence of life, but it would also be interesting to see how the chemicals interact Titanium by themselves. These observations can give us an idea about how these materials can interact on Earth before there arose life.