Revolution Afoot-- Cheaper, More Frequent Outer Planets Missions - New Horizons II Workshop


New Horizons II Workshop

I have placed you on this mailing list hoping that you, or someone you know who will be interested in attending a Uranus System Encounter with New Horizons II Workshop scheduled for 9:00 AM on Monday 21 June 2004 immediately before the Forum on Outer Planetary Exploration at the Westin Pasadena (191 North Los Robles in Pasadena, CA), and provide ideas to maximize the science return from a close Uranus system fly-by using a New Horizons instruments payload.

A New Horizons II mission is under study by the New Horizons 1 science team. It would launch on a JGA to explore multiple KBOs including a large analog to Pluto. If launched in 2008 or 2009 it could achieve a Uranus flyby on the way to the Kuiper Belt; the Uranus encounter would be in 2014-2015 (Early northern spring on Uranus; Voyager 2 saw the southern summer solstice). This mission could cost as little as $550M.

The New Horizons spacecraft carries a medium angle color camera, a narrow angle panchromatic camera, a near IR imaging spectrometer, a UV imaging spectrometer, several field and particles experiments, a dust counter, and a radio science experiment. Details of these instruments can be found at http://www.boulder.swri.edu/pkb/mission_description.html or http://www.boulder.swri.edu/pkb/Project_Overview2.ppt

Please contact Carrie Chavez (Carrie Chavez cchavez@mail.arc.nasa.gov) by Wed., 15 June 2004 to indicate your attendance and if you wish to make a presentation. Presentations will nominally be limited to no more than 15 min.

Thanks,

Jeff Moore

Convener, Uranus System Encounter with New Horizons II Workshop

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