NASA chooses Saturn’s moon Titan as its next destination

A new mission involving a drone-like lander will explore the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan. The mission — called Dragonfly — received a coveted funding slot from NASA’s New Frontiers program, which funds ambitious missions to explore objects in our Solar System.

The Dragonfly mission will send a dual-quadcopter the surface of Titan. It will look like a drone, with eight rotors helping it soar across the moon’s surface for tens of miles at a time in under an hour. It will make one of these ‘hops’ about once every 16 days, spending a lot of time sampling the surface, and observing the weather. The mission is being led by Elizabeth Turtle of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Dragonfly was one of two finalists being…

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