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Uranus project 2


Taipei American School

on 11 December 2009

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Outer Space
Gas Harvesters Founded by : Jeffrey Y
Herbert W
Robert T Our goal is to explore and discover valuable resources from outer space and provide these gases to the humans of the 21st century, due to the high usage of resources. Mission Statement Our Plan : U R A N U S G A S H A R V E S T P R O J E C T Overall Facts : Planet Appearance: Uranus appears in a blue, greenish color, it isn’t red or yellow because the clouds formed by the gases and liquid of the planet has either absorbed or reflected the light from the sun.
Position in Solar System: Uranus is the seventh planet in the Solar System. It can be found between Saturn and Neptune.
Distance from Sun: 18.95807232 x 10 to the 9th power KM, or 126.726777 Astronomical Units. An astronomical Unit is 149598000 kilometers.
Distance from Earth: 25.86215808 x 10 to the 8th power KM, or 17.2877699 Astronomical Units
Diameter: 51.499008 kilometers Mass : Mass if Earth's mass is 1, on Uranus it is 64.
If Earth's gravity is 1, on Uranus it is 0.89
If a kid weighs 50 kilograms on Earth, he would weigh 44.5 kilograms on Uranus. Planet Orbit : Number of Moons: 27
Length of Day: Approximately 14 hours
Length of Year: 84 years 3 days 15.66 hours
Orbital Speed: 6.81 kilometers per second
Other unique, distinguishing characteristic or feature: The wind speeds of Uranus can reach 250 meters per second. Elements and Core Composition : Core Composition: Molten rock, methane, icy ammonic water, and hydrogen
Surface Composition and Appearance: Liquid hydrogen, looks like a solid ball of blue ice
Surface Temperature in Celsius: -224 degrees Celsius
Atmosphere composition: Hydrogen, helium, methane After exploring the milky way galaxy, we discovered that the planet Uranus contains high amounts of gases. Gases such as methane, helium, and hydrogen are rich on this planet. These gases can be used for a vriety of things, such as fuel. A large amount of water is also found. Our Methods Of Extraction Uranus is extremely cold, unsuitable for human life to exist. This means that we cannot send humans down to the planet unprotected. Here is our method: 1. A large carrier with approximately 15 pods in it travels through our solar system and stops right above the atmosphere of Uranus. But before that History Uranus was first sighted by John Flamsteed in 1690, but was labeled as a star called 34 Tauri. Later on in 1710 the british astronomers thought that it was a comet. Finally in 1780, William Herschel identified it as a planet for its regular orbit, its color, and its size. Works Cited:
http://motivate.maths.org/conferences/conf42/Talk_images/Uranus_and_moons.jpg http://www.saskschools.ca/~gregory/space/planets/uranus1.jpg
http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/~barnes/ast110_06/gphah/uranus.jpg 2. The pods are ejected from the carrier and descend to the atmosphere of Uranus. When it is low enough, it will begin sucking in gas and store them temporarely in its own small storage tank. 3. After filling up the storage tank, the pods will fly back to the carrier, deposit the resources in its storage tank, and fly back out. What are these gases used for? hydrogen: Hydrogen is an energy carrier, just like electricity. It is going to be a valuable resource in te future. The sun, is a uge ball of hydrogen going through nuclear reaction turning into helium.
Methane: Methane is inplacable in our daily lives, it is used in heating, cooling, and also power generation. Methane is a very important resource.
Helium: Although helium is not widely used, it is pumped into blimps and balloons to allow them to float, helium is lighter than oxygen. It is used in cooling down nuclear reactors and launching missiles. The railguin that the US military is now developing involves some helium in its launching action. Although now it is not widely used, it might be valuable in the future.
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