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Titan rotocraft to search for proof of LIFE ON SATURN’S ICE MOON


100km below Titan’s surface is an ocean of liquid water where organic material from the surface may be able to mix with the water to produce monocellular organisms also known as protozoans.

Adrone with eight rotors ploughs its way through Titan’s dense atmosphere. Beneath it is a deserted landscape veiled in an orange haze. The drone follows a mountain range before descending to land in a dry river bed. After landing, two drills dart out from the landing gear, burrowing into the soil and returning with samples for scanning. And the analysis of the near-surface samples reveals what all astronomers have long been awaiting: an alien life-form.

That is the dream scenario for 2034 and for the drone called Dragonfly, which NASA plans to launch towards Saturn’s Titan moon in

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