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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Project Herschel

Project Herschel is one of the many follow up missions from Project Pioneer, this time designed to study Uranus and its moons. Because of the low activity and plain appearance of the planet, Uranus was the last to be studied in depth. The project included the launch of several orbiters and landers, all of which were launched from the surface of the moon. The project was overseen by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the United States up until 2090, where it was taken over by Americans on Luna. By the Nanotechnology Revolution, the price of probes dropped below the floor as a new module design was developed and could be put together molecule by molecule.

Herschel (2038): Spent five years orbiting Uranus, scanning the planet and its five moonlets.
Herschel 2 (2049): Spent six years orbiting the planet, and sent a probe into its atmosphere.
Herschel 3 (2060): Was designed to land a lander on Miranda, but the rocket exploded shortly after launching from Luna.
Herschel 4 (2064): Functions for ten years in orbit of Uranus. Sends a lander to Miranda, which contains a sample return rocket. Sample is returned to Luna.
Herschel 5 (2084): Spends ten years in orbit around Uranus. Send a hot air balloon into the planet’s atmosphere, which function for several weeks.
Herschel 6 (2102): The last and largest mission. Three sample return missions; one for Uranus, one for its rings, and one for unusual formations found on Titania during the last mission. The orbiter remained in orbit for twenty years.

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