We've learned a lot about Neptune's biggest moon, the Triton, since it was first discovered in 1846. Some scientists believe that it could be a "world of the ocean" with liquid water – and possibly even life.
And now, subject to approval, we might soon get our best view. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory suggested on Tuesday at a conference in Texas to send a space probe called "Trident" to Triton – with the goal of finding out if it is a habitable world.
Rather than spending billions of dollars, the proposed spacecraft Trident aims to keep costs low – roughly the "price of a small mission to the moon" in the New York Times "" [1
"And we will investigate if it is a livable world that is vastly significant."
Along with a Triton flyby, Trident also visited Jupiter's moon Io and stopped at Venus – it's been almost twenty years Since the NASA probe Cassini-Huygens visited the second planet from the sun.
The last good look we've come away Neptune was in 1989 during a flyby of NASA's Voyager 2 – the first time a spaceship had ever done so.
"We compare it to the meeting of Voyager in 1989, which was based on technology of the early 70s, essentially a television camera that was connected to a camera fax machine," said Karl Mitchell, the project scientist of the proposed mission as quoted by the Times.
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