Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Scientists Eye 'Space Boat' to Explore Saturn's Moon, Titan

Scientists Eye 'Space Boat' to Explore Saturn's Moon, Titan | News & Opinion | PCMag.com: "NASA's Curiosity rover landed successfully on Mars in August, but to reach Saturn's largest moon, Titan, scientists are going to need a bigger boat — literally.
As reported by Space.com, a group of Spanish researchers have proposed a mission to Titan that would explore the moon's bodies of water via a special space boat.
A floating probe known as the Titan Lake In-situ Sampling Propelled Explorer (TALISE) would land in and explore Titan's largest lake, known as Ligeia Mare, for up to a year.
TALISE is a joint effort between engineering firm SENER and the Centro de Astrobiología in Madrid, Spain. According to Space.com, details about the project are still being worked out, but the proposal was presented last month at the European Planetary Science Congress in Madrid."