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Fraser
2005-Sep-07, 03:36 AM
SUMMARY: With Jupiter and now Saturn getting attention, NASA is setting its eyes further out in the Solar System - on Neptune. A mission to this "ice giant" could launch in a decade, and arrive at the 8th planet by 2035. It would be powered by a nuclear-electric propulsion system, similar to the one being considered for the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO) mission. Because it is so far from the Sun, Neptune has had less interaction with the solar wind, asteroids and comets, so studying it would give scientists a better understanding of the conditions that led to the formation of the Solar System.

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