A look at future missions to Venus


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Link here. The article gives a nice summary of what we presently know about Venus, as well as outlining the various proposed missions to it.

First off the starting line, and as far as I know the only mission actually approved, is an orbiter from India, scheduled for launch in 2023. After this are a number of proposals in the U.S. Europe, and Russia.

It appears that the discovery of many exoplanets with features somewhat similar to Venus is one of the factors generating the new interest in going back there.

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3 comments

  • Lee S

    I have long considered the atmosphere of Venus to be worthy of exploration…. I haven’t read the piece yet… But will when I head for bed..
    The fact that at certain depths the atmosphere is earth like in density and temperature, and no more acidic than that which some extreamophile bacteria survive in here on earth, makes me think that it’s a promising environment for life…. The dark streaks occasionally observed, in my head at least, could be a Venus analogue for algae blooms in our oceans….

  • Lee S

    Nice link! Thank you…. I just hope some of these missions come to fruition!

  • Brad

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bzKsNkzP4s

    Someday? Maybe a SpaceX Starship test flight? One year long mission, manned Venus flyby, perhaps with teleoperation of Venus rovers?

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