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NASA delays its Titan drone mission by another year

Added 09-27-20 04:09:02pm EST - “NASA is delaying the launch of its Dragonfly drone mission to Titan to 2027 due to the pandemic and other external setbacks.” - Engadget.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Engadget.com: “NASA delays its Titan drone mission by another year”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

You’ll have to be more patient if you’re waiting for NASA to send a drone to Saturn’s moon Titan. The space agency has delayed Dragonfly’s launch by roughly a year, from 2026 to 2027, due to “external” factors. And yes, the COVID-19 pandemic is one of them — its impact on the Planetary Science Division budget made it more practical to wait.

It’s an ambitious project. This will represent NASA’s first multi-rotor science vehicle on another celestial body, and the first of any kind to carry its full science payload between multiple areas. The drone will spend nine years flying relatively regular missions to collect samples and study both the habitability of Titan as well as the development of its prebiotic chemistry in a key impact crater.

It may take a long while to learn more about Titan as a result. If all goes well, though, Dragonfly should shed more light on the still-mysterious moon and the viability of life beyond Earth.

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