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NASA may send fleet of spacecraft to Venus

By T.K. Randall
March 20, 2009 · Comment icon 27 comments



Image Credit: NASA/JPL
NASA could be sending a small fleet of spacecraft to Venus within the next fifteen years, including two high-altitude balloons designed to hover in sulphuric acid clouds. The mission, costing up to four billion dollars, would aim to reveal more about the runaway greenhouse effect and the possibility of volcanic activity on the planet.
Two high-altitude balloons built to hover in sulphuric acid clouds could be part of a future fleet of spacecraft sent to Venus, a NASA advisory team says. The multi-billion-dollar mission concept which is being considered for launch in the next fifteen years could help reveal more about Venus's runaway greenhouse effect, any oceans it may once have had, and possible ongoing volcanic activity."


Source: New Scientist | Comments (27)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #18 Posted by villageidiot3o 14 years ago
Way to go NASA...you are gonna waste the American tax payers hard earned cash yet again. Sorry for the bluntness, but I think the condition of our planet,economy, and conflicts with our seemingly endless stay overseas should be top priority before anything else...
Comment icon #19 Posted by chaoszerg 14 years ago
Way to go NASA...you are gonna waste the American tax payers hard earned cash yet again. Sorry for the bluntness, but I think the condition of our planet,economy, and conflicts with our seemingly endless stay overseas should be top priority before anything else... It could help with the condition of our planet, we could learn something to help with climate change.
Comment icon #20 Posted by HerNibs 14 years ago
I wonder if Venus has it's own "Starchy". Lots of clouds on Venus to photograph. HN _______________________ Otherwise, yeah, I think the money could go to something more immediate but it isn't going to so I will be excited about the mission. Should be really cool. HN
Comment icon #21 Posted by Wyvernkeeper 14 years ago
ahem, once again WOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Comment icon #22 Posted by Armenian Barbie 14 years ago
Four billion dollars??? Enough is enough; there are better things to 'test' out with an amount that great. Sheesh. :angry2:
Comment icon #23 Posted by Giorgio1dk 14 years ago
Great news, knowledge has no price. Go for it NASA. Actually, how many of you realize that thise missions will get us closer to so long aspired space race; with starship and colonies?
Comment icon #24 Posted by Torgo 14 years ago
w00t! I hope the balloons contain some good spectroscopes... I still think that the clouds of Venus are one of the places in the solar system most amenable to microbial life off the earth.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Bender. 14 years ago
Knowledge is our highest priority. So what if it costs a few billion dollars? That is a hell of a lot less than what the U.S government spends on Iraq every year. You want to save money? Stop the pointless wars, don't put an end to scientific progress. KnowlegdeMoney. End of.
Comment icon #26 Posted by odiesbsc 14 years ago
they could give me that four Billion dollars and I would tell them about all the secrets of the universe that I know. LOL
Comment icon #27 Posted by ninjadude 14 years ago
they could give me that four Billion dollars and I would tell them about all the secrets of the universe that I know. LOL I guess we really do need to spend more on education.


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