Dragonfly: NASA’s New Mission to Explore Saturn’s Moon Titan

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Introducing Dragonfly: our next New Frontiers Mission! Making multiple flights, the Dragonfly dual-quadcopter will explore a variety of locations on Saturn’s moon Titan. Titan is an analog to the very early Earth, and can provide clues to how life may have arisen on our planet.

In under an hour, Dragonfly will cover tens of miles or kilometers, farther than any planetary rover has traveled. With one hop per full Titan day (16 Earth days), the rotorcraft will travel from its initial landing site to cover areas several hundred kilometers away during the planned two-year mission. Despite its unique ability to fly, Dragonfly would spend most of its time on Titan’s surface making science measurements.

For more information, check out: http://dragonfly.jhuapl.edu/

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  1. A friendly reminder, this mission will cost less than a billion dollars. America spends $74.2 billion on coffee every year, this ain't expensive. Space exploration is relatively cheap and contributes massively to science, the economy, and humanity's future. It's worth every penny.

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