Two of Saturn’s “Ocean Worlds” moons, Enceladus and Titan, are being eyed for a new billion dollar exploration mission. With NASA’s very successful New Frontiers project, this next phase would see them creating the Ocean World Exploration Program, “…whose primary goal is to discover extant life on another world using a mix of Discovery, New Frontiers and flagship class missions consistent with the recommendations of current and future Planetary Decadal surveys.” This comes after NASA’s large bump in budget this year from Congress, with the House specifically asking for this, as well as the Deep Space Habitat for the Mars journey and more.
This is a highly exciting time for the search for life. Adding this proejct to NASA’s Journey to Mars and their Europa Mission, the next 15-20 years could see the agency finally proving that we are not alone, even if it’s just microbial life.
(Source: Space News)