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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