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Science goals and mission concepts for a future orbital and in situ exploration of Titan

Sébastien Rodriguez 1 Sandrine Vinatier 2 Daniel Cordier 3 Nathalie Carrasco 4, 5 Benjamin Charnay 2 Thomas Cornet 6 Athena Coustenis 2 Remco de Kok 7 Caroline Freissinet 5 Marina Galand 8 Wolf D. Geppert 9 Ralf Jauman 10 Klara Kalousova 11 Tommi T. Koskinen 12 Sébastien Lebonnois 13 Alice Le Gall 5 Stéphane Le Mouélic 14 Antoine Lucas 15 Kathleen Mandt 16 Marco Mastrogiuseppe 17 Conor A. Nixon 18 Jani Radebaugh 19 Pascal Rannou 3 Jason M. Soderblom 20 Anezina Solomonidou 6 Christophe Sotin 21 Katrin Stephan 10 Nick Teanby 22 Gabriel Tobie 14 Véronique Vuitton 23 
Abstract : In this white paper, we present a cross-section of important scientific questions that remain partially or completely unanswered, ranging from Titan exosphere to the deep interior, and we detail which instrumentation and mission scenarios should be used to answer them. Our intention is to formulate the science goals for the next generation of planetary missions to Titan in order to prepare the future exploration of the moon. The ESA L-class mission concept that we propose is composed of a Titan orbiter and at least an in situ element (lake lander and/or drone(s)).
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Sébastien Rodriguez, Sandrine Vinatier, Daniel Cordier, Nathalie Carrasco, Benjamin Charnay, et al.. Science goals and mission concepts for a future orbital and in situ exploration of Titan. Responses to the ESA Voyage 2050 long-term plan, 2019. ⟨hal-02358227⟩



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