Scientists Want NASA to  To Uranus

Send a Flagship Mission

Key committee of scientists

 has recommended that a flagship mission to Uranus should be NASA's highest-priority large planetary science mission for the next decade.

Uranus is a mostly unexplored world

NASA's only visit to the seventh planet was Voyager 2's brief fly-by on Jan. 24, 1986

The new recommendation

comes from a process called the decadal survey, which is led by the National Academy of Sciences and offers NASA guidance for prioritizing science goals.

Committee's new report

published Tuesday (April 19), highlighted a mission concept called the Uranus Orbiter and Probe (UOP) for a multi-year orbital tour

For now,

 the Uranus Orbiter and Probe isn't a specific mission, but a concept.

Other reports have also

 stressed the need for a fully-equipped Uranus orbiter, complete with an atmospheric probe to dive beneath the planet's clouds.

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