Walkabout the Galaxy
Saturn, Dragonfly mission, Titan, Europa Clipper, Jupiter's Ocean World
Astrophysics and Astronomy | Physics
We're going back to Saturn! NASA has selected the Dragonfly mission to the planet-moon Titan to explore its atmosphere and carbon-rich chemistry with a dual quadcopter capable of flying several km at a time. Work continues on the Europa Clipper mission to Jupiter's own Ocean World. The astroquarks catch you up on these new missions, plus some nerdy sci-fi trivia, Josh mangles French, and, as always, be sure to listen through to the end for a unique and surprising outro to the show.
While the name may sound like we're droning on, drones are the silent workers keeping your world in shape, from the Borg drones of Star Trek, to quadcopters surveying farmland or checking out your roof or your neighbor's backyard, to masked and anonymous professional Mexican wrestler Hombre "Drone" Bala Junior. But we got our start helping keep the world fed. Drone male bees have no stingers or pollenating duties. They really just want to mate with the queen. Drones: reach out and touch someone.
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Length of Episode
Colwell, Joshua; Dove, Adrienne; and Cooney, James, "Dragonfly Me to the Moon of Saturn" (2019). Walkabout the Galaxy Podcast. 85.