What are the tasks of the Dragonfly mission in Saturn's system?

In 2034, the Dragonfly space probe will land on the surface of Titan (Saturn's largest satellite). It will be an advanced ATV capable of flying between different interesting scientific locations. The maximum mission range to study the surface of Titan will be about 200 km. This is much more than previous lunar or Martian unmanned missions.

The mission is scheduled to be launched in April 2026. The interplanetary probe will rotate around the solar system, gradually accelerating by the gravity of the Earth and Venus. After its last passage (past Earth in March 2031), the probe will travel directly to the Saturn system.

NASA has announced that Dragofly will begin its mission from the region where Huygens landed. This European landing craft landed on the surface of Titan in January 2005. The landing site is sandy - considered safe to begin the mission. This region appears to resemble some of the earth's sand dunes. One of the proposed objectives of the mission is the Crater Selk, which appears to be geologically young.

The Dragonfly mission should last about 2.5 Earth years on Titan.

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