China is targeting Neptune

(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists from leading universities in China will send an automatic interplanetary station powered by nuclear fuel to the orbit of the most distant planet in the solar system – Neptune. The launch of the device is scheduled for 2030.

At the moment, the clearest images and data that mankind has about Neptune is information obtained by the Voyager 2 space probe, the only device that flew by the planet more than 30 years ago.

As conceived by Chinese scientists, a spacecraft weighing up to 3 tons should be powered by a nuclear reactor.

On board will be four small satellites – two to study the atmosphere of Neptune and two more to study Triton, the planet’s largest moon.


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