Image: NASA

This past week, at the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas, a team of researchers presented a poster detailing a concept for a Uranus Orbiter mission, “OCEANUS.” The team, led by Ali M. Branson at the University of Arizona, proposes that NASA launch a spacecraft in 2030, which would reach Uranus in 2041, after two gravity assists from Venus and another from Earth. The orbiter would study Uranus’ rocky core as well as its unusual, lopsided magnetosphere. Only Neptune has a similarly lopsided magnetic field.

Source: Gizmodo



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