The mission won't launch until 2026.
"NASA's missions of planetary exploration are one of the coolest things that we humans do as a species", Barnes says in a statement.
Titan is the gorgeous teal-colored icy moon that was discovered by Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens in 1655.
The U.S. based space agency is set to fly a robot to Saturn's moon Titan in hopes to find living organisms. Once it arrives, NASA intends to send the lander to dozens of different locations on Titan, ones it has identified as "promising" for studying prebiotic chemical processes. Thanks to the thick cover of Titan's atmosphere and its distance from the sun, Dragonfly can't rely on solar power, and will instead carry a Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG), a nuclear power source like the one the Curiosity rover uses on Mars.
On Earth, sunlight provides organic life growing in fields and forests; the same sunlight that triggers chemical reactions in Titan's upper atmosphere that create large organic molecules that pour down on the moon's surface, something similar like Earth's rainwater. The moon is also filled with organic materials, and is thought to be similar to what early Earth might have looked like, before life formed, but with numerous same ingredients.
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I am looking at some of the players who were not in South Africa like Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera and Dimith Karunaratne. Which TV channels will broadcast the match? It meant that they were 100/4 in the 22nd over when Mathews was walking back.
Dragonfly should be able to measure the progression to determine if life is beginning to form and, if so, how far along it is.
Dragonfly is to travel hundreds of kilometers in Titan's atmosphere during the mission that will last about two-and-a-half-years.
"Visiting this mysterious ocean world could revolutionize what we know about life in the universe, " said NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine. This cutting-edge mission would have been unthinkable even just a few years ago, but were now ready for Dragonflys awesome flight.
Dragonfly, the project will essentially be a microwave-sized large helicopter drone that will fly across multiple locations on Titan and will touch down on dunes and the floor of an impact crater above the surface. Unlike Earth, Titan has clouds and rain of methane.