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The Science Case for Spacecraft Exploration of the Uranian Satellites

Whitepaper #078 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: giant planets systems; ocean worlds; other planetary bodies: Exploration of Ice Giant systems

Published onMar 18, 2021
The Science Case for Spacecraft Exploration of the Uranian Satellites

The five classical Uranian moons are possible ocean worlds that exhibit bizarre geologic landforms, hinting at recent surface-interior communication. However, Uranus’ classical moons, as well as its ring moons and irregular satellites, remain poorly understood. We assert that a Flagship-class orbiter is needed to explore the Uranian satellites.


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