For its upcoming mission to explore our solar system, NASA aims to fly a drone helicopter to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. On Thursday the American space agency announced its next mission to Titan looking for the basic elements of life. Dragonfly is the name of the space agency’s billion-dollar mission, which will be an advanced helicopter to analyze Titan. The spacecraft will fly up and flutter over the icy moon’s surface. Even more, it will land on the moon’s surface and seek for the circumstances and chemical properties that could nourish life.
NASA aims to launch Dragonfly in 2025, and the quadcopter will land on Saturn’s moon in 2034. All in all, the vehicle will need to travel 340-million-mile distance starting from Earth. After landing process, Dragonfly will use a set of eight rotors to fly at a shorter distance daily. Scientists say one Titan day is equal to about 16 Earth days. Looking towards Dragonfly’s internal framework, it has the potential to move forward at about 20 miles per hour. Even more, the craft can fly at a range of 2 miles. According to NASA officials, the helicopter will spend around 25 months navigating around the 3,200-mile-wide moon. During the mission, the craft will fly twenty-four times, i.e., overall, it will travel about 110 miles.
The 10-foot-long NASA probe will collect diverse data wherever it stops. All of its work will assist scientists to know more about Titan. Researchers note it is the only celestial body in the solar system other than Earth to have consistent bodies of liquid in its region. Various liquid rivers, lakes, and seas are present on the moon but these liquid sources contain hydrocarbons like ethane and methane. NASA Bridenstine, the NASA administer, said exploring these mysterious water sources could reorganize the things what human knows about life in the universe. All in all, Titan will not only unveil the mystery behind extraterrestrial microbial life in its surface, but it may also assist scientists in understanding the evolution of life on Earth.