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Uranus’ moons prompt planning for NASA orbiter mission to sideworld

Uranus is a strange, upside-down world with an unbalanced magnetic field. Its moons can be even stranger.

Earlier this year, the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine advised that the next flagship planetary science mission – one costing perhaps $4 billion – should go to Uranuswith a launch targeting the 2030s. Such a mission would be the second to peer into the Uranian system, after only Traveler 2the 1986 overview; it would be the first spacecraft to make an extended stay in the neighborhood. And while the atmosphere and interior of the icy giant would be key priorities for the mission, there’s more to the picture.

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