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Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun.

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Gravity assist braking from Titania

If a probe entered a highly elliptical orbit around Uranus after firing its engine (similar to what Cassini did at Saturn), could it use Uranus' moon Titania as a gravity assist to circularize its ...
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Why there is no orbiter for Uranus or Neptune?

In the 21st century, why is there is no orbiter for Uranus or Neptune or at least their moons? It would definitely tell us more about the structure and composition of these planets. I know it must ...
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Mining of Uranus or Neptune

Some studies show that there are big 'seas' of diamonds on Uranus and Neptune, there may be loads of it. I was thinking, wouldn't it be a great business opportunity to go to Uranus or Neptune (maybe ...
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Why didn't Pioneer 11 visit Uranus/Neptune, and why didn't Voyager 1 visit Pluto?

The following image from NASA shows the flight paths of Pioneer 10, Pioneer 11, Voyager 1, and Voyager 2, as well as the positions of the outer planets. It seems to me that with a little tweaking of ...
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What were the highest quality photos and knowledge of Uranus and Neptune before Voyager?

From my related question, I'm still in search of historical knowledge of the outer planets. That is, how our understanding of them developed over time. So right now I'm hunting for the highest ...
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Why is Uranus's rotation 98° to its orbital plane? [closed]

In pictures of Uranus you can see that its rings are give or take 98° to its orbital plane unlike the rings of Saturn and Jupiter. Also on Uranus's upper atmosphere, you can see darker bands at the ...
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Is it more challenging to put an airship in the Uranian than in the Venusian atmosphere?

The Soviet Union's (in cooperation with some European governments like France and West Germany) Vega missions put balloons in the atmosphere of Venus back in 1985. It was 30 years ago, the last ...