The Reason Why NASA Will Send a Submarine to the Bottom of the Sea

The mission will be held on August 20 in the Pacific Ocean.

One of the great ambitions of space agencies such as NASA is someday to send specialized instruments to study the conditions in the liquid water that has been discovered in the moons that make up the Solar System, especially in the case of Titan, which is on the surface of Saturn.

That is why, in order to search for extraterrestrial life and advance in space exploration, the US space agency has prepared for this August 20 send a submarine to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

The project, called Subsea, aims to study the extreme conditions of the seafloor.

In addition to Titan, there are several moons that have caught the attention of astronomers and scientists, such as Europa, the icy moon of Jupiter, and Enceladus, another of Saturn’s moons.

The objective of this new mission is to study the conditions of the sea floor on the planet and test the instruments in conditions of extreme pressure and temperature, in addition to analyzing the biology in the deepest parts of the ocean.

For 3 years, NASA presented a project that included sending a submarine to Titan, a mission that could be carried out in 2040, so now the next step is to start with these tests in the vicinity of Hawaii.

The submarine will be used to explore the bottom of a hydrothermal fumarole, which is hundreds of degrees due to volcanic activity, in addition to studying organisms and bacteria tolerant to these conditions.

According to the site Popular Mechanics, this is the first step in testing, because next year NASA plans to send a similar mission, with the difference that uses a difference 24 minutes communicating with the submarine and give orders, to simulate what would be the time difference between Earth and a moon like Titan.

 

Source: El Nuevo Dia