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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."

Click the image to see the story.

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




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Nov. 11th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
also, that paragraph about the liquid water on enceledus and how it makes the rings is super-WOW!
Nov. 11th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
My favorite part of this story is the hot air balloon. It's so 19th century SF, a la Poe or Verne.
Nov. 12th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
However, sadly, they lost contact with Phoenix on Mars yesterday.
Nov. 12th, 2008 10:53 am (UTC)
That would be so cool!
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