Space missions don’t happen overnight, they require years of planning to have a high level of success, which is why the scientific community is proposing scenarios to carry out their plans to the most unlikely places in the solar system. seventh planet, Uranus.
A recent study by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is the result of a decade-long investigation commissioned by NASA. Uranus This should be a top priority for the US government over the next decade.
These results are described by Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory researcher Kathleen Mant in an article for the journal ‘Science’, where she provides some of the keys to the development of the mission towards the ice giant.
This would be a mission for Uranus
Mandt refers to the mission as the “Uranus Orbiter and Probe” (Uranus Orbiter and Probe), in which two probes may be used; While one of them is in the orbit of the seventh planet, the other will approach the surface.
However, available Uranus Because it would require using Jupiter’s gravitational pull, which is not an easy task with current technology, the probes would aim to gather information that Voyager 2 could not reveal. .
A current task Uranus Not only understanding the behavior of the planet will allow us to try to understand a little about the origin of the solar system, which is why the analysis of the ice giant, its position with respect to the sun, distance and composition are the basic factors for the researchers’ proposals.
Now, billions of years ago the solar system went through a planetary migration, which resulted in the exoplanets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, causing them to maintain the orbits they have today, leaving the inner planets where they are today. These and other details remain to be elucidated with future work.
is another big question for scientists UranusInside is a solid core, or if its gas neighbors are very similar, a dense interior and its core is far from the rocky planets.
Finally, the task was done Uranus It will not only analyze the planet, but also a planetary system that will enter the study of its rings and moons, which is expected to find clues about the giant’s origin.