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Thanks to the advancement in technology of today we hear a great deal about the planets Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars. In some cases, this has also gone as far as cruising around the surface of the planets. The planets further away from the Sun really have not got all that much attention, but this may be about to change as NASA are considering missions that will give people a much a better look at the planet Uranus.
Missions To Neptune And Uranus Would Be Scientifically Beneficial
Theoretical missions would mean that spacecraft from NASA could make their way to Neptune and Uranus, and they would be of great benefit scientifically. The idea behind it is for scientists to get a much better idea of just what the planets are made up of, to take many photographs and find out about the atmospheric composition of the planet.
The researchers are hoping that they will be able to study the weather and the overall climate of planets along with determining how they can fit into the makeup of the Solar System.
Both Uranus And Neptune Hold Many Undiscovered Secrets
Scientists have said that Neptune and Uranus are both holding a lot of secrets that have not yet been discovered and missions that have been proposed would include flybys along with using an orbiter to send an atmospheric probe up to Uranus so that the gasses can be sampled along with detection of elements.
It was said that something similar could be happening for Neptune, however, at the moment the details of the mission or missions, have not been fleshed out fully and they need to be before they reach the stage of a formal proposal.
Any missions to Uranus and Neptune are still a long way from becoming a reality both in regards to the time-frame and funding. NASA said that it may be feasible to take a trip to Uranus 2030 through to 2036 and a trip to Neptune could take place before 2030 or if not after 2040 and this would be down to the timing of gravity assisted boosting around the planet Jupiter.
So while it may be some time away yet, it does look as though NASA does have some clear plans for heading out to Uranus and Neptune at some point in the future.