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Missions to Uranus


Mission Country Launch Date Arrival Date Type Encounter Characteristics

Voyager 2 USA August 20, 1977 January 24, 1986 Flyby 7000 images of Uranus, its rings, and its satellites

An Overview of Space Exploration

Last modified November 17, 2000 by Jennifer Bergman.

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An Overview of Uranus' Atmosphere

The bland aquamarine face of Uranus bears witness to the fact that Uranus is enshrouded in clouds. The planet appears to be blue-green because the atmosphere absorbs the red wavelengths of the visible...more

Uranus' Moons and Rings

Uranus has // Call the moon count function defined in the document head print_moon_count('uranus'); fascinating moons and a complicated ring system. The ring system is a completely different form of ring...more

An Overview of Uranus' Interior

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The Poles of Uranus

Uranus is the tilted planet. Its spin axis, which defines the locations of its North and South Poles, is tilted almost 98° away from the "upright" direction perpendicular to its orbital plane. In other...more

An Overview of Uranus' Atmospheric Evolution

Atmospheres of the giant planets have definitely evolved from their formation out of the primitive solar nebula. How much they have evolved remains to be seen, however. Because of their enormous gravity,...more

Diffusion in Uranus Atmosphere

The major gaseous constituent of the atmosphere is methane. At the uppermost reaches of the atmosphere, near the thermosphere, methane gas breaks apart due to the influence of energetic photons or charged...more

An Overview of Motions in Uranus' Atmosphere

Motions in the atmosphere include wind. The major winds in the Uranian atmosphere are the zonal winds which consist of westward flowing zones and eastward flowing belts. The other major means of motion...more

A Diagram of Uranus' Atmospheric Structure

This is the temperature profile of Uranus' entire atmosphere. The horizontal lines indicate the boundaries between the troposphere, the stratosphere, the mesosphere, and the thermosphere. ...more

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