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Exploring Titan with a balloon

October 19, 2011 | Comment icon 3 comments

Image Credit: NASA
A company in Oregan are working on a balloon that could be used to explore Saturn's moon Titan.
Unlike a conventional lander, a balloon wouldn't be confined to the ground and would be able to soar across the landscape taking readings and photographs. "The idea of a balloon flying, taking pictures and sending them back has a lot of public appeal and we certainly hope we can deliver the goods on that some day," said JPL's Jeffery Hall.
With its thick atmosphere and lakes filled with organic materials, Titan holds particular intrigue for scientists curious about how life began on Earth and whether it exists elsewhere in the solar system. But exploring Titan will not be easy.

Source: Discovery News | Comments (3)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by 27vet 11 years ago
Exciting! That could work well. I hope I'm still around when the pictures come back.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Khaleid 11 years ago
Funny that they're gonna explore yet another celestial body with the first successful technology used for flying here on earth...
Comment icon #3 Posted by NuclearImplosion 11 years ago
Interesting how using modern interplanetary technology can be used to deliver a very simply old technology for exploration purposes. Would love to see it succeed!

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