NASA plans a mission to the coldest known object in our solar system in a hunt for extraterrestrial life.
Water is one of the key ingredients for life, meaning that if Triton has an ocean, he can host small extraterrestrial microbes.
Click on the sun for more than the reactive motion lab NASA presented moon exploration plans at the Moon and Planetary Science Conference in Texas.
The mission will include developing a new kind of spacecraft, known as Trident.
He will fly to Triton and take pictures of the ice object while studying his atmosphere and chemical composition for signs of an underground ocean.
If water is found, then NASA will mark Triton – the largest of the 13 moons of Neptune – as a key target for future extraterrestrial hunting
Trident will also allow scientists to visit Neptune and its moons for the first time since the 1980s, as well as exploring an object from the Kuiper Belt.
The belt is an ice cluster ring, sits far beyond Neptune, and scientists believe that Triton is the object of Keiper, which has been in the gravitational attraction of Neptune billions of years ago. The New York Times
"This is a three-in-one goal because you can visit the Neptune system, visit this interesting ocean world, and also visit the Kuiper Belt Object without having to go anywhere."
Little is known about Triton, and the only images we have on the moon were captured by the Voyager 2 probe in 1989.
During this flight, spacecraft noticed Triton's geysers ejecting nitrogen gas . Nasa has designed it for further research.
It is believed that the Moon is similar to Pluto in many ways and is the coldest known object in the solar system whose surface temperature drops to -235 ° C. It makes two and a half times cooler than the coolest temperature observed on Earth – frozen -89.2 ° C, registered at a Soviet meteorological station in Antarctica in 1983
The proposed mission to Triton depends on its price. Starting Trident will cost less than $ 500 million £ 380 million – roughly the same as a small mission on the Moon.
This could make a difference as the team is demanding funding from NASA's highly competitive program. is to deploy these missions once every two years and the Trident is against three other potential missions for the next free slot.
They include the earth moon of the journey, as well as the moon of Jupiter Io and return to Venus. by Lewis Proxter, If a Trident researcher, now is the time to start Triton's mission, as it is vital to find out whether the Moon hosts extraterrestrial life.
Dr. Hendrix added that objects such as Triton can help us gain new insights into how the ocean worlds form and hold water. Such clues can help us find and explore other ocean worlds in the future while exploring whether we are alone in the universe.
This story originally appeared in the Sun.