NASA Wants To Probe Deeper Into Uranus Than Ever Before

Scientists from the Paris Observatory used the Hubble Space Telescope to take a look at the auroras on Uranus (Picture: ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Lamy / Observatoire de Paris)

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 that gas. A NASA group outlined four possible missions to the ice giants Uranus and Neptune.

These missions include three orbiters and a possible fly-by of Uranus. The planned probes would take off in the 2030s, New Scientist reports.

‘The preferred mission is an orbiter with an atmospheric probe to either Uranus or Neptune – this provides the highest science 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.

MORE: Sorry, you’ve probably been saying the word Uranus wrong your whole life MORE: Hubble just spotted something massive coming out of Uranus 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.

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.

Has Uranus been probed?

NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft flew closely past distant Uranus, the seventh planet from the Sun, in January 1986.
A map of the outer solar system (Picture: AFP/Getty)
At its closest, the spacecraft came within 81,500 kilometres (50,600 miles) of Uranus’s cloudtops on January 24, 1986. Voyager 2 radioed thousands of images and voluminous amounts of other scientific data on the planet, its moons, rings, atmosphere, interior and the magnetic environment surrounding Uranus.

Since launch on August 20, 1977, Voyager 2’s itinerary has taken the spacecraft to Jupiter in July 1979, Saturn in August 1981, and then Uranus. Voyager 2’s next encounter was with Neptune in August 1989. Both Voyager 2 and its twin, Voyager 1, will eventually leave our solar system and enter interstellar space. MORE: Sorry, you’ve probably been saying the word Uranus wrong your whole life Voyager 2’s images of the five largest moons around Uranus revealed complex surfaces indicative of varying geologic pasts. The cameras also detected 10 previously unseen moons.

Several instruments studied the ring system, uncovering the fine detail of the previously known rings and two newly detected rings. Voyager data showed that the planet’s rate of rotation is 17 hours, 14 minutes. The spacecraft also found a Uranian magnetic field that is both large and unusual. In addition, the temperature of the equatorial region, which receives less sunlight over a Uranian year, is nevertheless about the same as that at the poles.

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  1. the 3 spatial dimension's in our universe is not a puzzle.it's simple if you read the bible.the answer to it is there is 3 heaven's.and they are as one but different from the other.on earth is one heaven that god made and it was measured to a height of so many feet. then the second heaven was made from the botton of the first to the top measured feet of it. this is where the demon sprit's flow to and fro.from one side of the universe to the other.the 3rd heaven is above all this is the holly place where god himself lives.god spoke himself in the bible that he is going to have 30 min of silence in heaven to clear the way of demon sprit's in the second heaven so his son Jesus can have a holy path in his second coming to earth.this answer is for the physicist's and cosmologist.

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    1. I made a boo boo the second heaven was made from the TOP of the first heaven. not the bottom.sorry.

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    2. You do know there is no science whatsoever in your statement.?

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    3. Morgan, there's no coherence in it. How can there possibly be science?

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    4. The DUH is particularly strong with this one.

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  2. Anonymous' rant isn't even in the Bible stories.

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  3. The "duh" is most strong in people whose view of the universe is so finite that when confronted with something they don't understand they automatically take a possible answer, suppose it's correct without doubt and in their supposition vehemently and rudely denounce another and offend anyone supporting the other as if...
    You're an idiot and don't know it. Sorry.

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  4. Is this article for real? Probing deeply into your anus? I'm not sure if this is a spoof trying to get some giggles out your anus or if this is a serious article whose author never considered the possible double meaning of her/his words?

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  5. https://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/don_stewart/don_stewart_151.cfm
    The interpretation of heavens may be a little basic to make it easier to digest for earlier times. In our understanding of the universe most people will only recognize one heaven. I actually thought this article was a joke (NASA wants to probe the gas in Uranus).

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  6. Well-played anonymous author, well-played.

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  7. many Christians will disapprove, claiming it's an attempt to discredit the existence of a higher power, but I think deeper Uranal probing will lead to more folks exclaiming the name of God than ever before.

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  8. How could Hubble see something coming out of anyone's anus? While I have the soapbox, another question, Who determined that Bode did not have a great sense of humor. After all, the word mean the same thing in both languages. See?

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  9. Be gentle it's my first time.

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  10. why does it have to fly by uranus? why cant it stay in orbit like saturn and jupiter like that they can take more pictures and view its weathers and shit like that ?

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  11. They are literally laughing at all the idiots eating this stuff up. It's all CGI and fakery. Research flat earth. Oh and watch the documentary on youtube called A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon. WAKE UP!! You are buying into a fantasy. It's all fake. Look at the discrepancies just on the pictures of the globe. Really look at the so-called pics from NASA and all the space agencies. It's not real.

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    1. oh boy who let you out of the crazy house?

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    2. Yeah, this dude is a retard. Talking about a flat earth. This is what happens when natural selection goes wrong. And the dumb don't get killed off by predators. Much Love Roaddog...

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    3. That's why he's an "unknown"... no brain.

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  12. Count of scientific theories disproved using religion thus far in all of history: 0

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