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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' Atmospheric Evolution

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