Friday, February 16, 2007

NASA's far-future-reaching missions

Future Space-missions in considering:
BREAKING ICE FOR LIFE?:
NASA has started to consider of a spacecraft that will include a lander to dig the ice of Jupiter's 4th largest moon Europa out and find whether there is any ocean underneath the surface that could harbor life.
RETURN OF A FOGGY MOON:
Though ESA's Huygens probe successfully landed on Saturn's largest moon Titan,NASA still considers of returning back there but this time with a rover(like on Mars)that could explore Titan a bit more.
ONCE IS NEVER ENOUGH:
NASA held a meeting and almost all of the communties suggest that after the successful missions Galileo to Jupiter,Cassini to Saturn,it was time for the icy giants Uranus and Neptune to be revisited once more.However Neptune seems like an more interesting target as its weather is not as boring as Uranus(the planet which rarely have storms and they are less active than Earth),and furthermore Neptune also uses its largest moon Triton as an attractive advertiser as Triton has 4 interesting features,which that it has an atmosphere 2nd most thickest compared to Titan(but not the planets!),is like Io(Jupiter's 3rd largest moon),but instead shoots out nitrogen ice!It is very similar to Pluto in element compositions,and has a retrogade orbit(An orbit the opposite of the direction the main planet rotates)for a large moon(only some small moons of the planets rotate that way).
DONT WORRY,PLANET EARTH WILL VISIT YOU!:
Though NASA's New Horizons(Pluto-bound spacecraft)may investigate the Kuiper Belt after investingating Pluto,it will only cover a small portion of it.NASA's considers to send another spacecraft to investigate the Kuiper Belt,it will focus to go near some of the bigger ones like Eris(The largest object found in the Kuiper Belt so far,bigger than Pluto),and Quaoar(The KBO suspected to have geological activity).

12 comments:

EXSOLPANTS said...

Wow!I wish I could be on a spacecraft as well!And I also think Uranus and its 26 moons are all boring except for Miranda,(thats why I say 26 instead of 27),which interests my heart.

milky way said...

hmm...what is the big difference between Uranus and Neptune?They both look and behave like twins?

Universal Astronomer said...

Wrong,they only look alike,but not behave,milky way.Try to read more books please,milky way,to improve your astronomical knowledege.

Universal Astronomer said...

Do you know?When the first images of Miranda from Voyager 2 were visible to astronomers,their brains dizzle them that they didnt know what to say or think!

milky way said...

Ok,I will take your advice!Thanks!

Coere said...

But if I am not wrong,there's also another spacecraft NASA's planning to view other solar systems with a telescopic-spacecraft clearer,as the light that travels to the object its viewing and traveling back is weaker,so that is why.It will travel slowly though,I heard from my childhood friend from NASA.

Universal Astronomer said...

Maybe you could be right Coere.

Sedna said...

I rather want to be the first girl to step on Mars!

Coere said...

Oh ya,I check with my friend at NASA once more.There is another mission called DAWN to orbit and study the largest asteroids Ceres and Vesta.It will likely be launch.I will update you guys again!ESPECIALLY you,Universal Astronomer!bye bye.

Universal Astronomer said...

You are right.I check Astronomy.com yesterday.They are going to launch in the 2nd half of 2007(this year),but it not confirmed yet though.Thanks for your updates Coere!

Freeze said...

I more interested about the first one UA mentioned:BREAKING ICE FOR LIFE! I love the cold!(It is no wonder why I live in Iceland)

Universal Astronomer said...

Oh Freeze!You are from Iceland?cool!This proposed mission spacecraft is called Europa orbiter,and bound to be launch in 2009.