NASA is eyeing a notice worthy paradigm shift! During all these years, ever since its first stride forward and landing in our earth’s moon some half a century back, there has been a plenitude of space explorations across the solar system, all using rovers. Currently, Curiosity Rover is rotating around the Red Planet to collect samples and data pertaining to life in the planet. However, in a matter of time, we may witness a revolutionizing change in the way NASA coordinates and carries our explorations!
NASA To Explore Celestial Water Bodies
NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program would help the exploring team make headway into the water bodies as well, not just land alone, across planets, their satellites and other celestial bodies. NASA is upbeat in developing a submersible vehicle (a robotic vehicle) in order to explore the water bodies located on various celestial bodies. The design of Titan Submarine would add to NASA’s forte in the realm of unveiling key nitty gritties about water bodies and the scope of life in the outer world.
Titan Phase I design is currently being carried out at NASA’s laboratories. Soon in future, it may venture out into some of the hydrocarbon lakes present in Titan (one of Saturn’s moons). Titan has drawn NASA’s attention as it is the only moon that has a different surface and exhibit innate features unlike other satellites across the solar system.
What To Study In Titan?
The idea is to find the underlying traces of prebiotic chemical evolution beneath the sea. There is a benthic sampler that would notch up samples of sediments from seabed and analyze the same. Titan’s seas fill and dry in an active hydrological cycle. The northern part of Kraken is considered more methane rich than the southern part. The submarine is expected to traverse and explore all composition variations. Sidescan sonar technology may be used to study the morphology of the seafloor.