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What If You Spent 5 Seconds on Uranus?

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By Rowan SharkawyPublished 5 months ago 5 min read
What If You Spent 5 Seconds on Uranus?
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if this is how you picture walking on Uranus you're wrong let's start this again are you ready to take a trip to the outer regions of the solar system to explore the weirdest planet in our Cosmic neighborhood to venture down into a place that's never been studied up close by any spacecraft buckle up for an icy violent and stinky Adventure because your mission is to spend 5 seconds on Uranus and come back if you can traveling to Uranus would be a long strange Journey first you'd have to spend 10 long years in a spaceship speeding toward the outskirts of the solar system if you're lucky you might even pass Jupiter and Saturn on the way just make sure you pack enough food and fuel well there are some things you should know about this world Uranus isn't a rocky planet like Earth it's an ice giant like Neptune and it's the only planet in the solar system that spins on its side it spins fast too one day on Uranus is just 17 Earth hours of course you wouldn't last that long on it not a chance once you arrived at your destination you still have some work to do to get close to this giant blue planet you might have to dodge Uranian Rings yeah Uranus has rings 13 of them they aren't big and Majestic like the gorgeous rings of Saturn the outer rings are bright and easy to spot but the inner rings are narrow and dark you'd have to navigate this part of the trip with the utmost care as you made your way through the dusty rings of Uranus you'd see its glorious blue atmosphere up close for the first time in human history take a moment to enjoy the ah Uranus what an odd balls Planet you know I flew by it a month ago that was fun you want to know why no body and I mean nobody has ever tried to land anything on the surface of this bootyful planet because Uranus has no surface it's just a swirling ball of toxic gas compressed around a small icy core oh and wait till I tell you why those gases on Uranus are toxic yeah gross yeah okay thanks for your input Chase it's true Uranus might have a calming blue color but it's cold and toxic not the kind of blue planet you want to visit that's okay I think you should sit this one out here I go [Music] woohoo H it's brisk here oh Rico what's the temperature - 224° c oh that's cold that explains why feel my fingers or my toes or the rest of my body okay well at least those 5 seconds are done okay Rico it's time to go home let's bounce impossible if my calculations are correct you will reach the icy core in 54.4 minutes so what that wasn't the plan what's point4 of a minute you seconds you dumb bot I suggest you take this opportunity to study the planet up close and report back well I suggest you take this opportunity and stuffing up your charging port I don't have a charging port no one cares Rico no one cares honestly this sucks Uranus smells like yeah the reason Uranus smells so bad is that the clouds in its upper atmosphere are partially made up of hydrogen sulfide not only does this make the planet stink but it's also pretty toxic whatever you do do not inhale it if you did it' make you faint and die instantly what would have been real nice to know this before I jumped yeah well after falling through the stinky clouds at the top atmosphere you'd find yourself in the mix of 82% hydrogen 15% helium and a bit of methane methane gas is what gives Uranus that bluish green Haze because it absorbs light at the red end of the spectrum huh these uh these clouds are getting a little weird kind of floaty yeah the atmosphere on Uranus is very dense after passing through its top layer you'd stop falling and start swimming in it instead as you were paddling deeper you'd start getting pelted by Frozen gas crystals but at least the temperature would be rising I don't know about that I don't feel warm at all oh Rico give me the stats the temperature around you has indeed gone up to - 208° c my calculations show you can expectus 153° C in the lower atmosphere cool great ow what is that that well that's Diamond rain yeah on urinous it rains diamonds that's because the Uranian atmosphere is rich in methane a single carbon compound under extreme pressure the methane molecules break apart and crystallize into diamonds but the worst part is the wind you'd be dealing with winds gusting at speeds of up to 900 kmph that's 3 and 1/2 times stronger than a category 5 hurricane here on Earth R it's getting tighten here oh I can hardly breathe and when I do breathe it smells like ass of of course the pressure is 100 times greater than the atmospheric pressure at Earth's sea level you are approaching the mantle the good news is you wouldn't splatter on anything because there's not much in the way of solids on Uranus the Uranian mantle is made of water ammonia and methane ice it would be Pitch Black in here and thanks to the extreme gravity you wouldn't be able to move a muscle and it would still be incredibly cold what you should be worried about is the immense pressure that would be rapidly increasing the closer you got to the planet center it would squish you before you ever got to the core being crushed by Uranus I always thought it would be way nicer well in this extreme pressure environment your carbon-based body could turn into diamonds and drop down into the core what a spectacular way to finish this oneway trip to the center of Uranus Chase oh all right our solar system is enormous there are so many planets and moons that are a lot more hospitable for a 5sec mission than Uranus where should you go next how about a place covered in methane lakes and with a fantastic view of Saturn in the sky well that's a story for another what [Music] if


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