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Earlier today, reports confirmed today that NASA is going to work with Russian space program to study Venus in the coming years. According to NASA, scientists sponsored by the agency will meet Russian Space Research Institute as they are planning on working on the proposed Venera-D mission together.
If the plan goes through them scientists are planning on sending a Russian space probe to study the planet for up to three years to understand the planet’s harsh climate and if the planet ever contained any form of life despite its harsh nature.
Jim Green, director of the Planetary Science Division said, “While Venus is known as our ‘sister planet,’ we have much to learn, including whether it may have once had oceans and harbored life.”
“By understanding the processes at work at Venus and Mars, we will have a more complete picture about how terrestrial planets evolve over time and obtain insight into the Earth’s past, present, and future.”
According to reports, the team is currently working to determine if it’s possible to land a rover in the planet’s atmosphere. While Venus is similar to Earth’s size and composition, as the planet is really close to the Sun, it spins slowly and has dense atmosphere resulting in a greenhouse effect. This effects results in extreme heat as the planet’s temperature is enough to melt lead.
David Senske, scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab said, “On a solar-system scale, Earth and Venus are very close together and of similar size and makeup.”
“Among the goals that we would like to see if we can accomplish with such a potential partnership is to understand how Venus’ climate operates so as to understand the mechanism that has given rise to the rampant greenhouse effect we see today.”
In the coming weeks, NASA is likely to announce main goals of the mission as scientists are planning on several future meetings to discuss the future mission.