NASA is going to Venus


20/03/2009

Two landing module for ground investigations, and two high-altitude balloons, specially designed to float in the clouds of sulfuric acid vapors can become part of a future space project studying Venus.

The concept of multi-billion dollar mission, designed to run in the next fifteen years, is a more detailed study of the most powerful greenhouse processes occurring on the planet, possible traces of the oceans and the likely volcanic activity on the surface of Venus.

This mission could be the next after the flight to Jupiter and its moons, scheduled for 2020. It is estimated that the project of studying Venus will cost three to four billion dollars. Getting started is set for the years 2020-2025.

According to NASA, in 2008, a group of scientists and engineers was entrusted the task to formulate the objectives of the mission. The results of the work of scientists, which will be published in April, the outline plan for the study of the misty planet that has more in common with Earth than any other in terms of distance from the Sun, size and mass. Researchers try to find out what led to the fact that Venus has become a surly world, where the temperature is close to the surface in the range 450


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