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Originally posted by TheUniverse
Can you shed some light or do you know when they will decide on the Titan , Mars, Or Comet Mission?
I can't seem to find a website explaining when or article; For that matter.
Originally posted by Defender89
We need to go to Pluto
Originally posted by AaronC
I agree, Titan would be the better choice. IF they can overcome the engineering difficulties. By that I mean power supply. At 10 AU's they can't use solar panels (at that distance solar would only yield 1.366watts/sqr. meter.)
Batteries will not last long enough for any type of exploration on the surface due to the cold. -178 C.
So what's left? Radioisotope thermoelectric generators, like what's powering Cassini now? I don't think so. The excess heat would melt the surface and the lander would sink! So, instead of a lander, how about a balloon? The RTG could be used to heat the balloon to keep an instrument package suspended from a long tether (so the heat of the balloon dose not interfere with the data being gathered) at a set altitude above the surface as well as providing power for years of observations.