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NASA’s Dragonfly mission will send a rotorcraft lander to the surface of Titan in the mid-2030s.

One of the most important discoveries from the last two decades of planetary exploration has been the astrobiological potential of icy moons.

Many of these moons harbor liquid-water reservoirs beneath their crusts, comprising a new class of solar system body: ocean worlds.

If biology requires carbon, water, and energy, then ocean worlds may offer the Solar System’s best chance for life beyond Earth.


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Dragonfly was officially selected for flight by NASA as the fourth New Frontiers mission on 2019 June 27.

Launch is planned for 2027, with Titan arrival in the mid-2030s, during the local northern hemisphere winter.


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The Science of Dragonfly

Dragonfly is a NASA mission to explore the chemistry and habitability of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.

The fourth mission in the New Frontiers line, Dragonfly will send an autonomously-operated rotorcraft to visit dozens of sites on Titan, investigating the moon's surface and shallow subsurface for organic molecules and possible biosignatures.

To carry out its mission, Dragonfly is equipped with a neutron spectrometer, a drill system, and a mass spectrometer, allowing scientists to make a detailed survey of Titan's chemical makeup.

Dragonfly is scheduled to launch in 2026 and arrive at Titan in 2034.


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

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.


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