Up until now, NASA has never paid too much attention to Uranus – but now the space agency wants to take a good, long look. And one of the things it might be investigating is all the gas.
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A team from NASA spoke of four possible missions to the two ice giants of our solar system, Uranus and Neptune. The probe would be set to take off in the 2030s, NewScientist reports.
The preferred mission is an orbiter with an atmospheric probe to either of the two giants – this provides the highest scientific value and allows in-depth study of all aspects of either planet’s system; rings, satellites, atmosphere, magnetosphere, says Amy Simon, co-chair of the Ice Giants Pre-Decadal Study group.
One of the proposed missions includes a fly-by of Uranus, which would include a narrow-angle camera – and a probe which would drop into Uranus’s atmosphere to measure gas and heavy elements.
There are four proposed missions – three orbiters and a fly-by of Uranus, which would include a narrow angle camera to draw out details, especially of the ice giant’s moons. It would also drop an atmospheric probe to take a dive into Uranus’s atmosphere to measure the levels of gas and heavy elements there.