NASA's Dragonfly Mission to Titan

  • Published on: 03 August 2019
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    Writer/Narrator/Editor: Brian McManus
    Animator: Mike Ridolfi (
    Sound: Graham Haerther (
    Thumbnail: Simon Buckmaster



    Thank you to AP Archive for access to their archival footage.

    Music by Epidemic Sound:


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  • Runtime : 15:20
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  • Real Engineering
    Real Engineering   1 months ago

    Anyone got some spare zeros lying around? We seem to have ran out while animating the distance to Titan.

  • Justin credible
    Justin credible   1 days ago

    So we've evolved past polluting Earth with nuclear we are polluting other planets and moons with it. Awesome.

  • Y2kSd4
    Y2kSd4   4 days ago

    Send a Mother 🛰 to rotate around TITAN!!! That way communication would be more effectively, and end of problem... Dumd dumbs....👽

  • justin h
    justin h   4 days ago

    2:13 Those photos are actual photographs of the Titan moon... :-O amazing!

  • Rakshak Cherry
    Rakshak Cherry   1 weeks ago

    Buy why are we doing this? Travelling long distance only to get pictures?Is there any use by doing this?

  • Nikola Tesla
    Nikola Tesla   1 weeks ago

    okay but is it not kinda risky to bring radioactive material onto titan?do we want to contaminate it already

  • Big Dee
    Big Dee   1 weeks ago

    cool story you have my flying car yet?

  • Salah Dalal
    Salah Dalal   2 weeks ago

    because human holding spirits among creativity and growth of them to us depend on sensetive touches to reflect for ower new future creativity in the name of us ^;

  • Salah Dalal
    Salah Dalal   2 weeks ago

    so their is many evidences in life that humanity is new among other creatures and the future will be more growing spiritual life's

  • Salah Dalal
    Salah Dalal   2 weeks ago

    The growth of humanity is faced by wall of old living invisible spirits what ever the to much soil is that one component living to become in future life^;

  • Iain Macpherson
    Iain Macpherson   3 weeks ago

    Wouldn't the inverse squarerd law be mitigated by the use of a communications laser. Not being an expert in the field though

    CHANNEL ALL IN ONE   3 weeks ago

    AS 1.2 Billion KM [ 1,200,000,000 km = 745,645,430.7 mi ] | top speed for a #dragonfly is between 36 and 54 km/h (22 to 34 m.p.h.)

  • S.E. Sander
    S.E. Sander   3 weeks ago

    The image quality we get back from Dragonfly on Titan will be exponentially better than images from Mars today. This is late 2020's technology we are talking about here. Image quality greatly enhances every few years along with the hardware, camera's and TV's that support the image quality. Very much looking forward to hyper resolution images from the surface and from the air on Titan in the 2030's.

  • ubaid khan
    ubaid khan   3 weeks ago

    Hello if your opportunity rover is not working at mars planet we can fix it

  • Ermal Morina
    Ermal Morina   3 weeks ago

    it is 1.2 billion km from earth and not 1.2 million

  • ubaid khan
    ubaid khan   3 weeks ago

    Hello if your opportunity rover is not working at mars planet we can fix it contact.

  • Iosif Chavez
    Iosif Chavez   3 weeks ago

    I expected to see a similar design as the new Helicopter that'll fly on Mars.Curious to see how the scientists will sort the weight issue.

  • Diabolix
    Diabolix   3 weeks ago

    I just love it when humans put nuclear drones on other moons.

  • David Boyle
    David Boyle   3 weeks ago

    Is dragonfly going to visit any of Titan's lakes?

  • Not My Brekfast
    Not My Brekfast   4 weeks ago

    We need more YouTubers like you, to influence engineering and make it a more popular subject.

  • CMOS4081
    CMOS4081   1 months ago

    Anyone notice the NVIDIA Geforce experience pop up almost at the end?

  • Hayden Plemmons
    Hayden Plemmons   1 months ago

    Wow you really whipped out the accent for this one didn't you?

  • Timothy Reheht
    Timothy Reheht   1 months ago

    Are you sure the drone will be "trained" to find flat landing sites? I have been told by one of my professors that NASA does not use learning algorithms but instead relies on classical algorithms.

  • The Great Whitey
    The Great Whitey   1 months ago

    They should seed Titan's oceans with bacterial life if they don't find any on this trip...

  • Vivek Guntamukkala
    Vivek Guntamukkala   1 months ago

    Hey I'm just here for some science and a smoothest transition to an ad bit i have ever seen. LOL half the reason im here hahaha

  • Shane Wilson
    Shane Wilson   1 months ago

    Is the inverse square formula applied when calculating the distance of stars and galaxies?

  • Tathagat Gaur
    Tathagat Gaur   1 months ago

    Can you do a video on climeworks and their method of capturing CO2 from atmosphere directly. Please!!

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    Elijah Castle   1 months ago

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  • David Winsemius
    David Winsemius   1 months ago

    If electrons move from hot to cold then shouldn't you have oriented the P and N blocks of semiconductor so the P side was next to the heat source and N block next to the radiator????

  • Til Merkan
    Til Merkan   1 months ago

    Can't they send two drones? If something goes wrong we have to wait like eons from now.Hope the battery tech and autonomous driving makes some more breakthroughs

    URMY HERO   1 months ago

    remmeber EVERYTIME you see NASA is involved ; IT IS A MAKE BELEIVE ( and an excuse for them wasting billions and billions of taxmoney )