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#26 2005-07-03 19:00:29

Yang Liwei Rocket
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Re: Neptune Orbiter with Probes - ...part of NASA's "Vision Missions"

much of this sounds like a great idea  cool


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#27 2005-08-04 16:27:16

Yang Liwei Rocket
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Re: Neptune Orbiter with Probes - ...part of NASA's "Vision Missions"

this will be a great mission

NASA rated a mission to Neptune as a ‘top priority’ for the 2008-2013 term


'first steps are not for cheap, think about it...
did China build a great Wall in a day ?' ( Y L R newmars forum member )

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#28 2005-08-05 05:20:00

Palomar
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Re: Neptune Orbiter with Probes - ...part of NASA's "Vision Missions"

Nuclear power source, regular old slow chemical propulsion presumably.

I'm of the opinion that if the travel time on these missions could be greatly sped up (via nuclear propulsion or otherwise) that we might see more public interest. The public attention span is a problem we need to deal with.

*They need to go full-hilt nuclear on the propulsion; the best ability of it we'll have when the time comes to build and prepare for launch. 

Unfortunately updates pertaining to this mission are slim to none.  Really, a Neptune orbiter with probes would be one of the three "icing on the cake" for me, (the others being a manned mission to Mars and a Europa probe) as my lifelong love of astronomy and etc. goes.

It's also a reminder of mortality.  30 years from now will be so different.  I remember when the Voyagers launched; still just a preteen and the years spread out effortlessly.  Not anymore.   :?  Besides, for every reason:  If they can trim that time down by even 5 to 7 years with something akin to JIMO, all the better.

--Cindy


We all know those Venusians: Doing their hair in shock waves, smoking electrical coronas, wearing Van Allen belts and resting their tiny elbows on a Geiger counter...

--John Sladek (The New Apocrypha)

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#29 2005-12-12 08:00:47

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Re: Neptune Orbiter with Probes - ...part of NASA's "Vision Missions"

US group proposes Neptune mission

Neptune and its largest moon, Triton, could be the targets of a major space mission in the decades ahead, if a group of US researchers gets its way.

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Very prometheus looking...

A mission like the one being proposed could cost $3-4bn dollars and would probably need international partners.

Would be tough to get funding in current Nasa situation.

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#30 2020-06-20 20:23:52

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Re: Neptune Orbiter with Probes - ...part of NASA's "Vision Missions"

NASA wants to send a spacecraft to Neptune’s strange moon Triton

The last and only time a spacecraft visited Triton was 30 years ago, when the Voyager 2 spacecraft flew past it on its way out of the solar system

Yes its time to explore again.

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