Voyager 2 on path to Uranus



The continuation of Voyager 2 on a trajectory that would take it to Uranus in 1986, after flying past Saturn this summer, appears certain. Under the approved plan, the spacecraft will encounter Uranus at a distance of 107,000 km on January 24, 1986, making measurements and taking pictures as it speeds past and heads for a possible encounter with Neptune.

The Uranus encounter will provide the first close-up look at that planet. Uranus is the seventh planet outward from the sun and is twice as far from the sun as Saturn; it rotates on its axis at a tilt of 98°.