Dragonfly launches itself into Titan's atmosphereNASA is sending a drone to Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. There it will explore dozens of locations across the icy world, sampling and measuring its chemical composition, to find out whether the environment on Titan has the potential to support microbial life. The nuclear-powered rotorcraft, described as a "dual-quadcopter", is called Dragonfly. It is part of NASA's New Frontiers programme, a series of space exploration missions that includes the New Horizons and Juno missions. Dragonfly is due to be launched in 2026 and will land on Titan in 2034 after a journey of around a billion kilometres.
Titan's landscape beneath its thick atmosphere
Titan, the second largest moon in the Solar System is larger than the planet Mercury. As it orbits Saturn, it is about 1.4 billion kilometres (886 million miles) from the Sun. Its surface temperature is around -179°C (-290°F). Titan's surface air pressure is also 50% higher than Earth’s.
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