This week in space: July 5, 2019

Welcome to Give Me Space, a weekly round-up of the most interesting things happening in space news.

Last week, I told you that NASA greenlit a quadcopter drone mission (called Dragonfly) for Saturn’s moon Titan. The question is what will it find there? JoAnna Wendel has a wonderful comic explaining why we want to go there and also looking at the possibilities of what we might discover over at Gizmodo.

I’ve seen multiple rocket launches in person, but I’ve never tried to photograph one. I always worried I’d be too focused on my camera equipment to enjoy the experience of seeing a launch. But I absolutely loved this article from Loren Grush at The Verge that goes into how she photographed a launch for the first time — it makes me want to try it as well.

In good news, NASA is changing the way it allocates telescope time in order to reduce gender bias. Alex Witze reports the story over at Nature.

The Mars Curiosity rover reported a spike in methane — which can be a sign of life. It’s not the first spike, but scientists have no idea what’s causing it. Marina Koren discusses at The Atlantic.

NASA successfully tested the escape systems on the Orion spacecraft this week. Orion is slated to transport astronauts to the Moon; the escape systems would only be used in case of an emergency during launch. Miriam Kramer has the important details at Axios.