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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Dragonfly or Stardust mission? (Basically – Titan or go to a comet) NASA considers…
certainly makes sense that as we are learning over yonder in space at the same
time as maybe we send another off the opposite direction to study two totally
different things. Maybe it takes six years for a spacecraft to make the trip to
Titan but in the meantime one can send a separate spacecraft to
67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko to collect surface samples… But honestly, Titan
certainly seems more important than going to a comet. So how does NASA decide
between two awesome missions?
that’s the name of the Titan concept, involves sending a quadcopter-like
spacecraft /flying robot to the alien Titan moon. It would be outfitted with
instruments capable of identifying large organic molecules, the quadcopter,
thanks to its flying abilities, would be able to visit multiple locations
hundreds of miles apart to collect samples and study the landscape on Titan. A
frigid moon of Saturn, Titan features a thick atmosphere and lakes and rivers
of liquid methane, and what scientists believe could be a watery ocean beneath
its frozen crust. Since we now that Titan has the ingredients for life, with
Dragonfly, we will be able to evaluate how far prebiotic chemistry has
On the other
hand, there is the Stardust mission. Comets are believed to be among the most
scientifically important objects in the solar system, but they’re also happen
to be among the most poorly understood however, we have also sampled from the ‘coma’
of a comet in previous missions. Still, this would be for materials from its
icy surface so different in nature.
importance in both missions, but one might want to consider what ‘our’ needs
are. DO we need to step up the idea of a colony or do we absolutely need to
know the answer to where we came from? -As well as the rest of the universe.
has been determined to be the one? Neither, really, both missions have entered
what is called a “concept study phase” where the scientists involved can
further develop their proposals. The final selection will be made sometime in July
of 2019 - whichever spacecraft is chosen, the launch is expected sometime in