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Evidence of Uranus' leaking atmosphere found hidden in Voyager 2 observations

2 monthes ago   |   By Astronomy Now

By going over old data collected by the Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1986, two scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center have made the startling discovery that Uranus' atmosphere is gradually escaping into space.
When Voyager 2 flew within 82,000 kilometres of the ice giant Uranus on 24 January 1986, the reaction back on Earth was one of disappointment. Following the exciting fly-bys of Jupiter and Saturn, with their churning atmospheres, ring systems and moons full of character and surprises, Uranus was bland by comparison. Images showed a featureless, turquoise ball, and gave the...
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