Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Space Boat: Proposal for Floating Probe to Sail the Oceans of Saturn's Moon Titan

While rovers are ideal for exploring Mars, a boat is best for TitanSaturn's largest moon. Scientists are proposing a new mission to explore this alluring world that would send a floating probe to land in a lake on Titan.

Titan, the largest of the more than 60 natural satellites of Saturn, is covered in seas, lakes and rivers of methane, and hosts a thick atmosphere, making it one of the most Earth-like bodies in the solar system. Smaller than Earth but wider than Mercury, Titan is in many ways more like a planet than a moon.

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