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New NASA mission: To Saturn's largest moon

NASA will begin another mission in search of life in our Solar System. This time on Titan, Saturn's largest moon. NASA's Dragonfly rover is scheduled to launch in 2027 and is expected to arrive on the Moon around 2035. Titan's atmosphere is composed of carbon, its seas of hydrocarbons, and its underground oceans of liquid water.

On its surface are all the right chemical components that can lead to the birth of life just like on earth. The mission aims to collect and analyze samples taken from the surface of Saturn's moon. To achieve this, Dragonfly will take advantage of Titan's very low gravity and very dense atmosphere to fly from one place to another, a distance of several kilometers.

At each location, samples of less than a gram will be taken and transferred inside the Earth, where they will then be shot with a laser or vaporized in a furnace to measure their chemical composition. Melissa Trainer, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and one of the main leaders of the Dragonfly mission, said:

"The instrument that will be tasked with analyzing the samples, based on the one installed on board the Curiosity rover working on Mars, is designed to examine the organic molecules that may be present on Titan, their composition and distribution in environments of different. We want to know if the kind of chemistry that may have been important for the origin of life on Earth is also happening on Titan."

We remind you that the year 2025 will be the next time that man will return to set foot on the lunar surface. Extreme conditions requiring a new space suit for this NASA mission. The suit presented is a prototype with black color and some orange details, although the final version is expected to have white tones.

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