We have received the best view of Saturn Titan's biggest moon when the European Space Agency's Huygen probe was successfully thrown into the surface by NASA's spacecraft on January 14, 2005 -the long landing from Earth to a spacecraft. But the probe exhausted the battery in just a few hours.
A team of scientists from the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory is angry about going back to Saturn's obscure moon. But this time, instead of sending a stationary probe, the team wants to send a unmanned airplane that could explore the moon above its surface – but well below the thick, nitrogen-rich atmosphere. Titan worked like a system before Cassini got there. We had enticing hints, but Cassini and Huygens took it from [being] this mysterious moon to the place that is incredibly familiar, "said Dragonfly principal researcher and John Hopkins University scientist Elizabeth Turtle Space.com [1
The mission, called Dragonfly, can eventually explore Titan's most promising and potentially habitable places. Scientists plan to take advantage of the low moon gravity and dense atmosphere to visit multiple locations with the unmanned airplane
And the proposed mission could have been formed – if NASA chose it for a different finalist project later this year. NASA chose the two finalist concepts, including Dragonfly for the next mission from the middle of 2020, as early as December 2017.
The Dragonfly team presented a more detailed concept in December last year and expects NASA's decision in the summer Space .com reported. If chosen this year, the Dragonfly mission will begin around 2025 to arrive at Titan nine years later.
And they hope. "Not only is this an incredibly exciting concept with incredible, fascinating science, but it's also feasible – it's feasible from an engineering point of view," said Melissa Trainer, Dragonfly Deputy Director and NASA Scientist Space .com .