China has announced its new plans for the Uranus probe. The new probe will be part of China’s Tianwen 4 mission. In 2030 , it will be launched to the distant planet. Exploring Uranus has become a top priority for scientists in recent years. One community even came up with names for a possible research mission from NASA. Now, China has a special mission that plans to send a spacecraft to Uranus .
Besides reaching Uranus, there is something else that makes this mission unique. Most research missions to date have focused on carrying spacecraft for a single mission, but when the Tianwen 4 mission launches in 2030, it will actually carry two probes into space. One will be for Jupiter , and the other will be China’s first Uranus probe.
Uranus Probe Is Important For Our Planet Discovery
Astronomers have been studying Uranus for decades, but no space agency has yet sent a probe to the distant planet. As the third largest planet in our solar system, it’s normal for many to want to know more about this beautiful and icy planet. This is why China is so insistent on the Uranus probe, and according to estimates, this mission will not be limited to just one probe.
China plans to launch the Uranus probe on the Long March 5 rocket. This will sit alongside a larger spacecraft bound for Jupiter. Space.com reports that China has yet to share details of scientific targets for these missions, but learning something new about Uranus will be a huge plus for astronomers.
Exploring Uranus and Jupiter may not seem that important at this point, as NASA moves determinedly towards landing humans on the Moon and even planning a manned mission to Mars , but missions like China’s Uranus probe have made it to Uranus not long ago. It’s very important if we want to understand what type of object is destroying it.