The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to send a spacecraft in 2025 to explore the unusual satellite of Neptune Triton.
The Trident mission will help astrophysicists study its magnetic field, determine the presence of an ocean under a layer of ice, photograph the entire surface and measure the activity of geysers. By the summer of next year, scientists will have to determine the two best projects of devices, the launch of which is scheduled for October 2025..
Newt attracts researchers with its unusual behavior. The satellite rotates in the direction opposite to the motion of Neptune, constant changes take place on its surface and jets of geysers erupt, the origin of which is not known for sure, and the ionosphere is 10 times more active than other moons in the solar system.
Earlier probe «Voyager 2», flying by, photographed only 40% of the surface of Triton. With Trident, NASA’s astrophysicists want to fill in many of the gaps that exist. However, it will be a long time before scientists begin to receive the first data, since Neptune is 4.5 billion km from Earth and the device will arrive at its satellite no earlier than 2038..
In addition, a mission is planned for 2026 to study the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan using an unmanned quadcopter..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: astrosurf