NASA’s Titan Dragonfly will touch down on sand dunes and broken ice

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NASA’s Dragonfly mission to Saturn’s largest moon will land on sand dunes and broken, icy rocky terrain, according to a new analysis of radar images from the Cassini spacecraft.

Launched in 2027, Dragonfly is a rotorcraft that will arrive and explore in 2034 titanium from the air. Its range will be greater than that of a wheeled rover, with Dragonfly able to travel about 10 miles (16 kilometers) per half-hour flight. According to NASA. During its two-year mission, it will survey an area hundreds of miles or kilometers wide. However, before taking to the skies on its own, Dragonfly must first parachute to Titan, making a soft landing on frozen terrain obscured by the density. hydrocarbon fog that fills the moon’s atmosphere.

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