New Mission Called Dragonfly – A Drone on Saturn Largest Moon

A Drone on Saturn Largest Moon

A team of  scientists has a plan to send a drone on Saturn largest moon. This mission will give researchers to explore the moon from above its surface.

“We didn’t know how Titan worked as a system before Cassini got there. We had tantalizing hints, but Cassini and Huygens really took it from [being] this mysterious moon to [being] a place that is incredibly familiar,” principal investigator for Dragonfly and scientist at Johns Hopkins University Elizabeth Turtle told Space.com.

The mission of drone on Saturn largest moon is called Dragonfly. It will eventually explore the most promising, and potentially habitable sites on Titan. Scientists are planning to take advantage of the moon’s low gravity, and thick atmosphere to visit multiple sites with the drone.

As they mentioned “Not only is this an incredibly exciting concept with amazing, compelling science, but also, it is doable — it’s feasible from an engineering standpoint,” Melissa Trainer, Dragonfly’s deputy principal investigator, and scientist at NASA told Space.com.

 

We have also written news related to evidence of rainfall on Titan (Saturn’s largest moon). This reflective feature covered approximately 46,332 square miles, roughly half the size of the Great Lakes, and did not appear on images from previous and subsequent Cassini passes.

“The whole Titan community has been looking forward to seeing clouds and rains on Titan’s north pole, indicating the start of the northern summer, but despite what the climate models had predicted, we weren’t even seeing any clouds,” said Rajani Dhingra, a doctoral student in physics at the University of Idaho in Moscow, and lead author of the new study accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. “People called it the curious case of missing clouds.”

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