NASA’s New Ice-Giant Mission

The Cassini mission around Saturn is winding down. Similarly, New Horizons and the Voyager missions will end in the near future. As sad as this is: we’re about to lose many of our missions in the outer solar system, due simply to age.

Missions like these will leave a large vacuum in the space community when they go.

NASA, it seems, agrees.

Jim Green, NASA’s head of planetary sciences, just requested NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to initiate a study on how to put a flagship-sized mission into orbit around Uranus and possibly Neptune too.

Paul Scott Anderson summarized well the subjects to be addressed by the mission:

  • Study origin and evolution of our Solar System – giant planet migration, with major complementarity with exoplanets
  • Investigate habitability of icy worlds – to gain insight into the origin of life on Earth
  • Understand the dynamic nature of processes in our Solar System – importance of time domain
  • Explore giant planet processes and properties
  • Use giant planets to further our understanding of other planets and extrasolar planetary systems
  • Determine giant planets’ influences on habitability

If this mission(s) are endorsed by scientists during the 2022 decadal survey then we’ll likely be sending at least one big spacecraft out to one of these two ice giants to live there for many years.

There’s much we don’t know about these worlds. Neptune for example has a moon (Triton) which orbits in retrograde meaning it came from somewhere else. Could it be debris from a collision in the early solar system? A captured rogue/exoplanet? Could it be habitable (it has cryovolcanoes)?

A wealth of exploration and discovery awaits us in the outer solar system. With this news it seems like we’re not about to abandon ourselves to the darkness of ignorance.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL)


As I am working on publishing the book for this series, I finally finished working on the introduction to the our favorite heavenly bodies! It’s character profiles in the form of story telling! Enjoy!

The Great Awakener - Uranus Retrograde

What is the Uranus Retrograde?

In Astrology, every planet has its own “personality.” Uranus is the rebel of the group - the one who likes to shock. When Uranus “goes retrograde,” meaning that from our point-of-view on Earth, it appears to move backward. This changes the planet’s power. Uranus has gone into retrograde today (25th July 2015).

Who will be affected by this Retrograde?

Everyone is affected by the Uranus Retrograde. However, anyone born with a:

  • Uranus in Aries
  • Uranus in Aquarius
  • Retrograde in Uranus

in their natal chart will be affected the most.

How will the Retrograde affect me?

Over the next five months, Uranus will continue to shake us out of our comfort zones until it goes direct again on December 25 - and we’ll feel it on both an individual and a global scale. While Uranus has been known to inspire wars and revolutions, it will also create change from the inside out. Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world,” and this is exactly what Uranus Retrograde will push you to do!

But Uranus Retrograde also forces us to confront our own fears and personal roadblocks, so we can all expect a few “Ah ha!” moments of realization. This is a time for us to consider what the concept of “freedom” means to us, and what we need to fix or change in our lives to get it.

Uranus also forces us to get real about who we are and what we want, so if you’re in the wrong job, working toward the wrong degree or dating the wrong person, Uranus Retrograde will let you know. While Uranus usually forces the changes that need to happen, over the next five months, it will quiet down and simply make you feel what needs an overhaul. So pay attention to Uranus’s tough-love advice!

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Uranus throughout the signs

Calculate your uranus sign

Uranus signs deal with rebellion, what the future will bring you, originality and independence. Uranus signs also show changes you might go through. Uranus is ruled by Aquarius.

aries - Aries uranus can be reckless, inconsistent and rebellious. They are enthusiastic and love freedom. They have the ability to improve humanity. They’re original and independent. Very accepting with handling changes and challenges.

taurus - Uranus in Taurus let their practicality influence their decisions. They probably will do well for themselves financially. Once their mind is made up, it can be hard to convince them otherwise. They want to promote innovation. Their values of being materialistic will change over time.

gemini - They get bored easily and likes change. Since they’re progressive and open minded, they like exploring modern ideas. Gemini uranus has the ability to grasp new concepts and communicate them effectively. They need a more intuitive form of communication.

cancer - Uranus in Cancer is high strung and greatly effected by events others let go. Their emotional life can be upsetting to them. They may end up breaking new ground without realizing it. They have unique ways of expressing themselves. They need to get away once in awhile to refresh themselves.

leo - Uranus in Leo is impatient, determined and rebellious. They have original ideas and are inventive. They’re natural leaders but they need to learn to be more patient. They have the potential to change the world. Their mind is always working on new ideas. 

virgo - Uranus in Virgo impresses others with their sense of control. They’re very independent. They want to live an alternative lifestyle. Part of them believes that new ideas are better and the other part believes in old-fashioned ideas. They are interested in the healing power of the mind.

libra - They do things in an unconventional and different way. They have an original and unique way of expressing themselves. They are very tolerant of people with different beliefs. They bring changes to relationships, law and art. Libra uranus is fair-minded and easy to compromise with.

scorpio - Uranus in Scorpio may be envious, jealous or possessive of others. They are known to be stubborn and rebellious. They have an original way of thinking. Their spirit is unbreakable and determined. No matter what happens, they always find a way to speak their mind. 

sagittarius - Sagittarius uranus isn’t afraid to make risks to learn new things. They are adventurous and want independence. They may be oblivious to others and only pay attention to their side of things. They appear to be eccentric. They want to help humanity as a whole. 

capricorn - They’re not afraid of change in order to achieve their goals. They are capable of accomplishing great things for humanity. Capricorn uranus is good at balancing ambition and independence. They are responsible and capable of handling power. They may be stubborn in some situations.

aquarius - Uranus in Aquarius work toward bettering humanity. They know how to get people to unite, and this can help them move forward. They might have eccentric beliefs and ideas. They have good intuitive skills and original ideas. They may be impersonal and detached at times.

pisces - Pisces uranus may be flighty and unpredictable. They are very imaginative. They’re compassionate and like to help others without thinking of their personal gain. It can be difficult for them to remain optimistic. They need to allow their inner wisdom to be heard. 

Reality is BS (Belief System)

I thinks its so interesting how our chart shows how we perceive reality.

  • Depending on the house Uranus is in, we will feel really caged in and will be especially rebellious.
  • Wherever Pluto is placed, we will feel threatened and will therefore try to gain control through manipulation.
  • Wherever Jupiter is placed, we will feel divinely supported and be very confident and optimistic.
  • Wherever Saturn is placed, we will feel restricted and act with fear.

All this might not have anything to do with our actual reality but by thinking it does we create that reality for ourselves in the first place. Confidence makes us lucky, fear restricts us, paranoia makes us controlling…. We create our own realities through our attitudes and beliefs.