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January 25, 2011

Scientists Plan Uranus Probe

British space scientists are leading plans to send a probe to explore giant ice planet Uranus. They have put forward a detailed proposal to the European Space Agency to launch a joint mission with NASA to the distant world, 1.8 billion miles from the sun. It would give scientists their first close-up views of Uranus since NASA’s Voyager 2 flew past and captured fleeting pictures 25 years ago. The £400million mission is designed to go in orbit to study the rings around Uranus and answer questions such as why it gives off so little heat.

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Posted by skritt at January 25, 2011 07:43 PM


It will be interesting to explore the differences between Uranus and Earth, especially since most planets seem to have conditions more like Uranus than Earth. Perhaps Uranus contains even contains elements that do not exist on Earth or more clues as to what makes a planet habitable. This is sure to be a mission that will last for many years to come therefore greatly affecting astronomy for many years into the future.

Posted by: brdoss at January 26, 2011 10:10 AM

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