NASA’s Trident mission plans to tour Neptune’s Moon Triton


NASA is ready to send Trident to Neptune’s Triton. This moon is famous for having its ice mixture on the surface. Also, the surface features can provide scientific information about the creation of the solar ecosystem. This mission to Triton is known as Trident after coming up with three-pronged ideologies for exploring this moon. All these ideologies are plans that intend to understand Triton’s nature comprehensively.

The chief of the Lunar and Planetary Institute of the University of Space Research Association Louise Prockter says that it is exhilarating to understand the nature of Triton. Louise comments that Triton’s images by Voyager 2 spark one’s curiosity to practically try and understand its evolution. Voyager 2 spacecraft is the first to ever travel past Neptune. This mission is an eye-opener into the field to understand other planets and their moons. Trident might be the second spacecraft on such a mission beyond Mars. NASA’s Discovery program is designing two tasks to venture into other planetary systems.

Scientists speculate that Triton is a creation in a region full of ice leftovers known as the Kuiper Belt before shifting to its current location. Also, Triton is the seventh-largest lunar body orbiting in the opposite direction to Neptune’s. The moon has ten times charged ionosphere in comparison to other solar systems. This charge implies an unexplainable energy source.

The JPL Trident project scientist Karl Mitchell says that the moon’s intriguing nature is an inspiration for scientists to explore. Scientists hope that they can understand the surface features on that moon. The first objective of mission Trident is to discern the crustal cause of the icy protrusions on the Triton. Trident’s mission is to understand if the protrusions on Triton are a product of the subsurface ocean.

Additionally, the Trident mission intends to uncover the hard ground below the ice to understand the composition of the Kuiper Belt. Scientists plan to use a full range imaging camera to fulfill this objective. After that, they will draw the map of the moon utilizing the reflection of sun rays patching on Neptune.

The mission’s general objective is to explore Triton’s surface comprehensively. Photographic data indicates the surface has close to invisible craters, implying it is a young uncovered landscape.

Mitchell, in the Trident proposal to NASA, outlines that Triton can help uncover the mystery behind the marine parts of the solar system. He says that the ionosphere of the moon is essential in understanding the ocean world in the planetary order.

Finally, the Trident project will launch in 2025 if chosen to embark on the mission to Triton. They can now depend on Jupiter’s gravitational force to propel the spacecraft to the Triton moon. The scientists can then study Triton’s transition over time.