NASA announces lander mission to Saturn's moon Titan

NASA announces lander mission to Saturn's moon Titan

NASA Administrator Jim BridenstineJames (Jim) Frederick BridenstineFrom Apollo 11 to Artemis: This time when we go back to the moon, we are going to stay Trump meets with Apollo 11 astronauts to mark moon landing anniversary Trump's NASA administrator talks efforts to return to Moon MORE announced Thursday that the agency would send a rotorcraft lander to Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.

“Our next New Frontiers mission, Dragonfly, will explore Saturn’s largest moon, Titan,” he said in a video posted to Twitter.

Bridenstine noted that Titan is the place in the solar system most comparable to early Earth.

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He added that the mission will help NASA to investigate Titan's organic chemistry, evaluate its habitability and search for chemical signatures of past or present life there.

The NASA chief said that Dragonfly is the first drone lander capable of flying through Titan’s thick atmosphere.

“We will launch Dragonfly to explore the frontiers of human knowledge for the benefit for all humanity,” he said in the video.

Dragonfly is expected to launch in 2026 and will be developed and spearheaded by the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University in Laurel, Md., according to The New York Times