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The Science Case for Spacecraft Exploration of the Uranian Satellites

By SpaceRef Editor
July 16, 2020
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Richard J. Cartwright, Chloe B. Beddingfield, Tom Nordheim, Catherine Elder, Will Grundy, Ali Bramson, Michael Sori, Robert Pappalardo, Marc Neveu, Devon Burr, Anton Ermakov, Joe Roser, Julie Castillo-Rogez, Mark Showalter, Ian Cohen, Zibi Turtle, Mark Hofstadter

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.

Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)

Cite as: arXiv:2007.07284 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:2007.07284v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)

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From: Richard Cartwright 

[v1] Tue, 14 Jul 2020 18:20:59 UTC (4,346 KB)

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