first_imgClose NASA’s next mission is to bring the Dragonfly rotorcraft-lander to Saturn’s moon Titan. What does the agency hope to learn from exploring the unique world?NASA’s Next MissionOn June 27, NASA announced that the destination for its next mission will be Saturn’s moon, Titan, with the Dragonfly set to launch in 2026 and expected to land on Titan by 2034. Once there, the Dragonfly rotorcraft will fly to various locations to look for prebiotic processes that Titan may have in common with Earth.The mission is expected to advance the search for the building blocks of life as the Dragonfly explores the moon and studies its atmosphere, surface composition, subsurface ocean, and liquid reservoirs. Apollo 12 Mission Patch Official Nasa Edition DEAL OF THE DAY Wow facts 4Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусский“With the Dragonfly mission, NASA will once again do what no one else can do. Visiting this mysterious ocean world could revolutionize what we know about life in the universe,” said NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine.DragonflyThis mission is the first time that NASA will fly a multi-rotor on another planet. Dragonfly has eight rotors and flies like a drone and will explore various environments on Titan during its 2.7-year mission.It will first explore the “Shangri-La” dune fields in short flights while also taking samples along the way until it reaches the Selk crater where there is evidence of past liquid water, energy, and organics. In total, the Dragonfly will fly 108 miles, which is nearly double the distance traveled by all the Mars rovers combined so far.TitanTitan is Saturn’s largest moon and, of the over 150 known moons in our solar system, is the only one with a substantial atmosphere. It is over 842,000,000 miles from the Earth and is the only other place in the solar system that is known to have liquid lakes, rivers, and seas on its surface.It is the second largest moon in our solar system, being even bigger than the planet Mercury, and the air in it is actually rather similar to Earth’s in that it is mostly nitrogen. In fact, one can even take a stroll on the planet without a space suit, albeit with an oxygen mask as well as protection from the intense cold.Saturn’s Titan is considered to be one of the most hospitable worlds in our solar system. The exploration of it is a part of NASA’s New Frontiers program, which also includes explorations of Pluto, the Kuiper Belt, Jupiter, and asteroid Bennu. TAG NASA, Saturn Moons, Dragonfly $12.25$12.25 Ads by Amazon Bestseller AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatchescenter_img All ENDS IN (2) ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Ads by Amazon Related Productslast_img read more