NASA's plan to launch Interplanetary Drones!

Drones have already conquered Earth, and now they're heading out into the solar system.

NASA announced yesterday (June 27) that it will launch a life-hunting rotorcraft called Dragonfly toward Saturn's huge moon Titan in 2026. If all goes according to plan, Dragonfly will land on the hazy, frigid satellite in 2034 and then spend several years flying around, gathering a variety of data and snapping amazing photos of the exotic landscape.

But Dragonfly won't be the first drone to ply alien skies. A tiny helicopter scout will accompany NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission, which is scheduled to launch toward the Red Planet next summer and land in February 2021.


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