Friday, January 15, 2021

NASA Marched Ahead on Mission to Titan, Return to Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration – NASA decided to send its next automatic station within the framework of the New Frontiers Program, either to the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko or to Saturn’s satellite Titan. This was announced at a press conference on Wednesday by the head of the scientific directorate of NASA.

“This is a giant leap forward in the preparation of our next bold mission of scientific discovery, it’s about tempting [scientific] studies designed to answer some of today’s biggest questions relating to our solar system,” said the NASA spokesman.

According to him, the two selected projects became finalists of the process of consideration by NASA specialists of applications for participation in the further stages of the New Frontiers program submitted in April by various US research centers. In total, NASA received 12 such applications.

China Space Program: China to Launch Mars Mission by 2020

The final choice between the two NASA projects will be in July 2019. The immediate launch of the device within the framework of the winning project is expected to take place in 2025.

The struggle for this right projects, selected by the US space agency, provide an opportunity to send the probe to the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko in order to take a sample from its surface and return these samples to Earth and the station to Titan, which will deliver a special quadrocopter to this Saturn satellite.

With the help of the latter, it is supposed to study several dozen areas of the surface of Titan, located several hundred kilometers apart. It is planned that the device will allow to better study the chemical composition of Titan, where the ocean was previously discovered at a depth of 100 km under the icy surface, hundreds of lakes and three seas in the polar regions, to understand how this satellite of Saturn is capable of supporting life.

Russia, US to Work with BRICS for International Moon Station

On comet Churyumov – Gerasimenko on November 12, 2014, the automatic probe Philae landed. It was delivered by the station Rosetta, created by the European Space Agency. The New Frontiers program is aimed at exploring deep space.

 

Featured

Why Should Pakistan Be ‘Very Worried’ By India’s New Role At The UN Security Council?

India, which has begun its stint as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2021-22, will be chairing three key UN sanctions...

Indian Air Force Chief Compares LCA Tejas With Pakistani / Chinese JF-17 Thunder

Drawing a comparison between India's LCA Mk1A ‘Tejas’ and Pakistan's JF-17 fighters, Indian Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said that the Indian jets are...

After Russian S-400, India Inks Pact With The UK To Acquire STARStreak Air Defense System

The Indian Army has moved a step closer to acquiring the STARStreak air defense system as the British company Thales and India's Bharat Dynamics...

Turkey Inaugurates New Consulate Building In Pakistan’s Karachi

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday inaugurated the country’s new consulate building in Pakistan's commercial capital Karachi. Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Cavusoglu said the...

Vietnam Beats China, India to Become Next Manufacturing Hub: Reports

Vietnam has emerged as an attractive foreign direct investment (FDI) destination in Asia by beating China and India, a report by the Economist Intelligence...