NASA Rumoured To Be About To Probe Deeper Than Ever Into Uranus

Uranus Being Probed Deeper Than Ever


Matt Bellotti

5 March 2019

Matt Bellotti

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NASA are going to probe deeper into Uranus than they ever have before.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration have announced that they want to probe Uranus really thoroughly to better understand it and the gas it produces. 

Uranus has generally been left alone by most scientists. But now NASA have outlined four trips in the 2030s, which include three orbiters and one fly-by. Uranus is far too vast and gassy for anyone to step foot on it. 

Uranus has also recorded winds of over 250 metres per second (900km/h). 

However, now many NASA scientists feel it is the right time to make a move for Uranus. Key to the success of the trip will be a probe that enters Uranus and records the atmosphere, as well as get a good close-up view of its rings.

NASA are working to ensure the probing of Uranus goes deeper than ever before in order to get the most accurate possible results. 

Up to now, despite first being spotted in 1781, exploration of Uranus has really only been possible with large telescopes. Uranus has never been properly probed.

Although in 1986 Voyager II recorded data about Uranus, that was from a fly-by some 81,500km away - yes, Uranus was clearly visible from over 50,000 miles. The spacecraft lacked the fuel to be able to enter orbit and we have not been back to Uranus since. 

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NASA believes now is the time to closer to Uranus so we learn more about the giant, misshapen celestial orb.

NASA are currently planning their next Decadel Survey for missions after 2022. Having already stated their desire to better explore Uranus and Neptune, and taking into account during this time Uranus will be better aligned than the smaller ice giant, exploring Uranus is expected to be a high priority for them.

We say good luck to anyone preparing to probe Uranus. 

 

 

 

 

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