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Can humans live on Uranus?

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Based on scientific knowledge as of 2014, it is not possible for humans to live on Uranus. As a gas giant, Uranus lacks a solid surface for landing spacecraft or building long-term habitation facilities.

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Can humans live on Uranus?
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In addition to the planet's lack of a solid surface, Uranus' cold average temperature of minus 357 degrees Fahrenheit is far below the temperatures to which humans on Earth are adapted. Severe weather on Uranus can cause wind speeds to exceed 500 mph, which is also inhospitable to human life. Its atmosphere is composed primarily of hydrogen and helium, and it lacks the carbon and oxygen scientists view as essential to human life.

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    How large is Uranus?

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    Uranus has a radius of 15,759.2 miles, which is almost four times that of Earth, and it has a circumference of 99,018.1 miles. It has a volume of about 16.39 cubic miles, which makes it 63 times more voluminous than Earth.

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    What are some cool facts about Uranus?

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    How cold is Uranus?

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    As of 2014, Uranus has an atmospheric temperature minimum of -224 degrees Celsius, making it the coldest planet in the solar system. The planet's upper atmosphere is mostly covered by a haze of methane, which hides storms that occur in the clouds beneath it.

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    What is the surface of Uranus like?

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    Like the other gas giants, Uranus lacks a surface, leaving it without a well-defined boundary between its atmosphere and the planetary interior. While it does not have a surface, Uranus does have a core composed of water, methane and ammonia and makes up 20 percent of its planetary radius.

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