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Future Missions to the Ice Giant Planets
Convener: Adam Masters  | Co-Conveners: Mark Hofstadter , Diego Turrini , Amy Simon , Chris Arridge , Leigh Fletcher , Romolo Politi , Davide Grassi 
Tue, 25 Apr, 19:00–20:00 / Room L2
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Since the brief Voyager 2 flybys of Uranus (1986) and Neptune (1989), the ice giant systems have intrigued and tantalized. A great deal remains unknown about these mysterious and distant planetary systems, leading to a strong interest in future exploration that spans planetary science communities worldwide. Following a number of white papers and mission proposals led by scientists in both the US and in Europe, a NASA ice giant mission study with ESA participation has now been carried out. The aim of this town hall meeting is to brief the European planetary science community on the outcomes of this most recent initiative, and allow an open discussion of future mission opportunities and science priorities.
Public information: Since the brief Voyager 2 flybys of Uranus (1986) and Neptune (1989), the ice giant systems have intrigued and tantalized. A great deal remains unknown about these mysterious and distant planetary systems, leading to a strong interest in future exploration that spans planetary science communities worldwide. Following a number of white papers and mission proposals led by scientists in both the US and in Europe, a NASA ice giant mission study with ESA participation has now been carried out. The aim of this town hall meeting is to brief the European planetary science community on the outcomes of this most recent initiative, and allow an open discussion of future mission opportunities and science priorities.