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Monday, December 25, 2017

Images of the Day: More Cool Pics of the Dragonfly...

An artist's concept of the Dragonfly drone spacecraft designed to study the surface of Saturn's moon Titan.
NASA

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE! Just thought I'd mark today's joyous occasion (unless of course, you live here in the United States and constantly read about politics) by sharing these images I found online of the Dragonfly rotorcraft that will hopefully emerge victorious when NASA announces its fourth New Frontiers space mission in mid-2019. The two screenshots directly below, in particular, totally hype me up in terms of the type of vehicle that will hopefully fly through Titan's atmosphere when it arrives at Saturn's largest moon in 2034 after launching from Florida in 2025. These screenshots came from this fascinating YouTube video, while the video itself was posted on the main mission website for Dragonfly.

All I can say is, next decade could prove to be an exciting one for space aficionados like myself who wish to see another spacecraft join the Europa Clipper in studying an intriguing ocean moon orbiting a gas giant in our solar system. But we'll find out what NASA ultimately selects less than two years from now... Happy Holidays!

A screenshot of a Dragonfly prototype drone that's about to take off for a test flight above a grass field.
Johns Hopkins University - Applied Physics Laboratory

A screenshot of the Dragonfly prototype drone lifting off to conduct a test flight above a grass field.
Johns Hopkins University - Applied Physics Laboratory

Another art concept of the Dragonfly drone spacecraft designed to study the surface of Saturn's moon Titan.
APL / Michael Carroll

A cropped version of the art concept depicting the Dragonfly spacecraft designed to study the surface of Titan.
APL / Michael Carroll

An art concept of the aeroshell (similar in design to the one used by the Curiosity Mars rover) that the nuclear-powered Dragonfly spacecraft will ride in on its journey to Titan.
Johns Hopkins University - Applied Physics Laboratory

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