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    New Horizons II: Mission to Uranus

    New Horizons II: Doubling UP in the Outer Solar System

    Scientists are exploring the idea of a robotic spacecraft that would visit Uranus around 2014 and continue on to the Kuiper Belt . The project would be patterned after NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which is scheduled to begin a mission to Pluto and its moon, Charon, in early 2006.

    The concept, dubbed New Horizons II, is under preliminary study. If launched two or three years after its sister ship. By using a New Horizons instruments payload the New Horizons II mission would expand outer planet research and add to understanding about the diversity of objects that loiter in the Kuiper Belt - an extensive disk of icy worlds beyond Neptune.
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    *drool*

    That just leaves Neptune...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ut
    *drool*

    That just leaves Neptune...
    Didn't Boeing recently submit a proposal for a Neptune orbiter?

    It would be cool if all these missions arrived at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sol_g2v
    Quote Originally Posted by Ut
    *drool*

    That just leaves Neptune...
    Didn't Boeing recently submit a proposal for a Neptune orbiter?
    Yes.

    It would be cool if all these missions arrived at the same time.
    I doubt that the good folks at the Deep Space Network would agree with you.
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    I don't believe for a second that New Horizons II will fly.
    The proposal makes perfect financial and scientific sense, but NASA is only occasionally swayed by such petty concerns.

    NASA had to be dragged kicking and screaming into funding the original New Horizons. (Thank you Planetary Society!) It has been under constant threat of cancellation since it was proposed, and it was proposed after NASA cancelled Pluto Fast Flyby and then Pluto Express.

    I think NASA is much more likely to develop a Neptune Orbiter. It's novel, flashy, and expensive. It would also produce great science and lovely images, but that would have little to do with whether it's accepted or not.

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    I sure hope both the Uranus and Neptune missions fly, the stuff out there is just so interesting!

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    Ya that would be awsome

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    I say nasa should just do the fricken thing we've barely explored the Uranium syastem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VenusROVER
    I say nasa should just do the fricken thing we've barely explored the Uranium syastem.
    I agree at some level. NASA should keep the development of manned space flight going at a slow to modest pace, and invest in more of these robotic probes. Orbiters for Uranus, Neptune, and a new one for Jupiter would be good missions to get off the ground over the next twenty years.
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    So in a period of five years (2011-2016) we could have four different spacecraft taking pictures of four different planets (not counting possible Mars landings).

    Definitely sounds like the teens could be quite a decade for space exploration.

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