On today’s This Week in Space, we talk about flying on Titan, that shrouded moon of Saturn!
On this episode of This Week in Space (opens in new tab), Rod Pyle and Tariq Malik dive deep into NASA’s planned Dragonfly mission with Mission Architect Ralph Lorenz. The mission will send a nuclear-powered helicopter to explore the dunes and surface of Titan, the second largest moon in our solar system and the only one with a super-thick atmosphere.
To date, only one small probe has landed on Titan and only worked for a couple of hours. The Dragonfly quadcopter will explore the moon from the air, exploring its endless dunes and vast seas. Join us!
Also in this episode, NASA’s Artemis 1 launch date slips to Sept. 27, the DART asteroid mission is ready to smack an asteroid on Sept. 26 and did you know we could make Earth MORE habitable? We’d just have to move Jupiter, but you can take of that, right?
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Rod Pyle (opens in new tab) is an author, journalist, television producer and Editor-in-Chief of Ad Astra magazine (opens in new tab). He has written 18 books (opens in new tab) on space history, exploration, and development, including Space 2.0, Innovation the NASA Way, Interplanetary Robots, Blueprint for a Battlestar, Amazing Stories of the Space Age, First On the Moon, and Destination Mars
In a previous life, Rod produced numerous documentaries and short films for The History Channel, Discovery Communications, and Disney. He also worked in visual effects on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the Battlestar Galactica reboot, as well as various sci-fi TV pilots. His most recent TV credit was with the NatGeo documentary on Tom Wolfe’s iconic book The Right Stuff.
Responsible for Space.com’s editorial vision, Tariq Malik has been the Editor-in-Chief of Space.com since 2019 and has covered space news and science for 18 years. He joined the Space.com team in 2001, first as an intern and soon after as a full-time spaceflight reporter covering human spaceflight, exploration, astronomy and the night sky. He became Space.com’s managing editor in 2009. As on-air talent has presented space stories on CNN, Fox News, NPR and others.
Tariq is an Eagle Scout (yes, he earned the Space Exploration merit badge), a Space Camp veteran (4 times as a kid, once as an adult), and has taken the ultimate “vomit comet” ride while reporting on zero-gravity fires. Before joining Space.com, he served as a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times covering city and education beats. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University.