Boats on Titan

Boats on TitanNASA and ESA both have proposals for landers - or more properly 'floaters' - on Saturns moon Titan. In this illustration we can see both: on the right is TiME (Titan Mare Explorer), the NASA scheme. The target for this probe was Ligeia Mare. The probe would not have its own propulsion, merely floating where the winds and currents took it.



On the left is TALISE (Titan Lake In-situ Sampling Propelled Explorer), the ESA proposal. This would have it's own propulsion, in the form of paddlewheels.

Read more at:







Image appeared in Issue 12 of magazine "All About Space".