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VOYAGER 2

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NASA’s Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft that has visited Uranus. It was also the first spacecraft to fly past the planet. Long-range observatio­ns of the planet began on Nov. 4, 1985. On Jan. 24, 1986, Voyager 2 made its closest approach to Uranus and came within 50,640 miles of the planet’s cloud tops. The planet appeared generally featureles­s.

Despite having only 5.5 hours of close study during its flyby, Voyager 2 discovered 10 new moons and two new rings. It also returned informatio­n about the planet’s magnetic field, wind speeds and evidence of a boiling ocean of water about 500 miles below the top cloud surface. Voyager 2 also took photos of five of Uranus’ larger moons.

 ?? PHOTOS BY NASA AND GETTY IMAGES KIRA RIDER/TIMES-DISPATCH ?? Sources: NASA, National Geographic, Encycloped­ia Britannica, space.com Voyager 2
PHOTOS BY NASA AND GETTY IMAGES KIRA RIDER/TIMES-DISPATCH Sources: NASA, National Geographic, Encycloped­ia Britannica, space.com Voyager 2

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