Space & Astronomy
NASA may send fleet of spacecraft to Venus
By T.K. Randall
March 20, 2009 · 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
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