November 11th, 2008

Saturn's rings

Astro-Image of the Day: NASA to Send Balloon to Tital

Neat! Balloons over the hydrocarbon oceans of Titan! NASA's planned Titan and Saturn System Mission will send a hot-"air" balloon to the clouds of Titan. Abstract:

"The Cassini-Huygens mission has given us our best view yet of Titan, but this moon of Saturn still remains shrouded in mystery. A proposed future mission takes a three-tiered approach – using an orbiting spacecraft, a surface probe, and a hot air balloon - to further explore the enigmatic moon."

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Wow, can you imagine the vistas we'd get from such a mission?