NASA-Built Autonomous Drone Set to Rove Titan

A mission to send a nuclear-powered, autonomously-operating drone to one of Saturn’s moons will commence in 2026—and the craft, nicknamed Dragonfly, will arrive in Titan’s atmosphere in 2034. Then, the sedan-sized probe will investigate the lower-gravity surface’s dunes, mountains, rivers, and lakes—and report back instantly (though a transmission takes almost two hours from Titan to Earth). Another one of Dragonfly’s tasks will be to create …

NASA’s Cassini Mission Gets a Google Doodle

Today, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is making the first of 22 dangerous swoops between Saturn and its rings. Part of what’s called the “Grand Finale,” this mission will give us humans an unprecedented view of our solar system’s second-largest planet (after, of course, Jupiter) and is set to take 13 years all up. The Doodle is adorable, and shows a smiley little satellite taking snaps of …