Planetary Scientists are Thinking About how to Visit Uranus and Neptune

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An image of Uranus and its rings taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Planetary scientists are looking ahead to where in the solar system they want to visit next: Uranus or Neptune? (image credit: NASA/STScI).

A team of planetary scientists pulled together by NASA has created a preliminary report on how and when humans could send a probe to Uranus, Neptune, or both. The two Ice Giant planets are easily the least explored in the solar system, owing in part to their distance from the Sun, and competing interests elsewhere. However, with the success of recent missions to Jupiter and Mars, and Cassini coming to a close at Saturn, it has prompted NASA (and the space agencies of other countries) to look forward to what's next in exploring the solar system. In this blog article, Van Kane of the Planetary Society, summarizes the recent report.

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Planetary Scientists are Thinking About how to Visit Uranus and Neptune
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Jesse is a passionate scientist, educator, and science communicator. As an assistant professor at York University in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society, he teaches three classes: History of Astronomy, Introduction to Astronomy, and Exploring the Solar System. He frequently collaborates with the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and lends his expert voice to the Ingenium Channel. Jesse is an astrophysicist, and his research explores how super massive black holes evolve through time. Whether in the classroom, through social media, or on TV, he encourages conversations about how science and society intersect, and why science is relevant in our daily lives.