NASA delays sending a drone to Saturn’s Cocker moon due to Corona

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NASA has delayed the dispatch of the Dragonfly drone To Saturn’s moon Titan for about a year, from 2026 to 2027, due to “external” factors, including a pandemic COVID-19 And its impact on the budget of the US space agency, as NASA had originally planned to launch Dragonfly In 2025, before the first delay, it is an ambitious project, as it will be the first NASA multi-propeller scientific vehicle on another celestial body, and the first of its kind to carry its full scientific payload between multiple regions.

Wolfa expected Engadget The American drone will spend nine years on relatively regular flights to collect samples and study Titan’s habitability, and it may take a long time to learn more about Titan as a result, and if all goes well, it should be received. Dragonfly More light on the still mysterious Moon and the possibility of life outside Earth.

It is worth noting that astronomers noticed mysterious bright spots on Saturn’s moon called Titan in the early 2000s, the diameter of the spot exceeding 4,800 km. Astronomers have always asked: Is it evidence of the existence of lakes or seas on that moon, and recently a study went on to suggest that these spots are remnants of lakes that have dried up, raising the possibility of alien life in our solar system.

Titan is the second largest moon of our system, and has long been the focus of astronomers’ attention. According to Cassini spacecraft observations in 2004, NASA discovered that the planet has an active weather system, but clouds rain on its surface methane, not water as on Earth – although this is in very rare cases. Some of these hydrocarbons are thought to have accumulated over time into larger liquid pools.



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