• Not even a minute, but the question is why are you sending a probe to my anus?
  • lol this question, it depends how long it takes for you to find me.
  • I can find no information on any space probes that are destined to go to Uranus. The last probe to go there was the Voyager 2 probe which passed Uranus in January 1986. Currently, there appears to be no plans to send another probe that direction. What you may be thinking about is the New Horizons spacecraft which is on its way to Pluto. It is scheduled to fly past Pluto in July 2015. It will not encounter Uranus on its way there though. ************* Kevin goes Daybagging wrote, "so how many years is that about." give the significant dates in the New Horizons mission. It was launched on 19 January 2006. It is scheduled to cross Uranus' orbit on 5 March 2011 (5 years, 1 month, and 2 weeks after launch). It will pass Pluto on 14 July 2015 (about 9.5 years after launch).
  • I expect dinner and a movie first.
  • None have ever arrived and entered orbit much less acheived penetration ;)
  • You assume I'd let one come. =o
  • Well the time it would take would depend on when the probe is launched with respect to the Earths orbit and Uranus. As the orbits are elliptical if you aim for the furthest point of Uranus travel (takes 80 years per orbit I think) then the distance is ~20.1 AU and the clostest is ~18.3 AU (Atronomical Units). An AU is the average distance from the centre of the Sun to the Earth about 150 million kilometres. Also it depends on where the earth is with respect to Uranus. If we are on the opposite side of the Sun you've got a minimum of 2 extra AU to cover. It also depends on the speed of the spacecraft you use as well, the faster you send it the sooner it gets there but the harder it is to stop (as it's going faster) so the more fuel you must use. Now the Voyagers were never designed to stop at a particular planet so they didn't have to worry about carrying stopping fuel or being in a slow approach speed. Now Voyager 2 took about 7 years to get there. Bearing in mind it wasn't going in a direct path (this is a really bad idea in space trajectories which I won't go into) and it was also meant to meet a few other planets that were along this path. So if you wish to send a probe that doesn't stop to Uranus, you're talking about 7 years. A probe that stops would generally take much longer to arrive there. This is due to the speed of the probe when it reaches Uranus. This is dependent on the supply of fuel onboard the probe to decelerate it when it arrives so it doesn't overshoot and also fuel to manouver the craft into a useful orbit. This all costs money and becomes somewhat of a vicious circle quite fast. So slow arrival speeds are more desirable. You can alter the arrival speeds with the shape of the trajectory as well. So for a rough estimate you're talking 7 plus years for a probe to get there. One tidbit of information for people out there is that the Voyager probes didn't use Solar Panels to power themselves but used Radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTG's). This is because the further you are away from the sun the less power a certain size of solar panel can generate, so to get the same output you have to increase the size of the array. This soon becomes uneconomical. RTG's are a solution to this and are not infact nuclear reactors but generate power by converting the heat generated from a decaying isotope to electricity directly. They were infact carried on the Appollo missions to power the lunar scientific equipment packages. So hope that answered any questions people have about where they got their power.
  • I think you were being funny here. Amazing how many serious answers you received about the planet Uranus and not just "your anus".
  • It would take approximately 10 years, with our current technology.
  • no answer... just points for hilarity☺
  • Ask my urologist. It only seemed like a few minutes.

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