New Delhi: Scientists are considering that Cassini, NASA’s space orbiter may land on the frozen surface of Saturn’s icy with a force of bomb to reach the sea underneath. They are preparing to crash the orbiter on the Saturn at the end of its mission which is scheduled to end in September 2017.
Planetary scientists at a meeting in Boulder, Colorado discussed about a proposed lab-on-a-chip called an Enceladus Organic Analyser (EOA) that could function even after an impact with energy 50,000 times greater than Earth’s gravitational pull.
Amanda Stockton from the Georgia Institute of Technology said that they could be more likely to survive impact.
A robot drill called the IceMole would then be used to melt ice and ram through it. The drill could reach depths of up to 200 metres.
Another option called the Enceladus Explorer will set up a robotic space station near the moon’s southern pole.
Cassini the fourth space probe to visit Saturn and the first to enter orbit was launched in 1997 and arrived in the Saturn system in 2004. The orbiter has studied the planet and its many natural satellites since arriving there.