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A mission to send a probe into the hot and thick clouds of Venus that may hold an essential sign of life

03/08 21:40

The European Space Agency has announced a mission to send a probe into the “hot and thick” clouds of Venus, which will approach within 93 miles of the planet’s surface.

ESA is preparing to send an orbiting space probe to the second planet from the sun, a difficult feat due to the planet’s intense atmosphere.

The European Space Agency described the difficulties in the EnVision mission, the largest of which is the planet’s “hot and thick atmosphere”, which consists of carbon dioxide and sulfuric acid fumes, so the agency will need a plan to “surf” the atmosphere of Venus safely without the spacecraft burning, according to experts.

The European Space Agency is currently developing an “atmospheric braking” method, which involves slowing the probe down so it can lower its orbit into the planet’s atmosphere.

Once it reaches this stage, it will try to get as much information as possible about the planet.

To get the best images possible, the spacecraft will climb up to 93 miles above the surface of Venus, said Thomas Voeren, director of the EnVision study, and that would require an orbiter to deal with hostile atmospheres.

Engineers at the European Space Agency are testing various materials and coatings to protect the spacecraft’s science instruments.

“We want to verify that these parts are resistant to corrosion, as well as maintain their optical properties, meaning that they do not degrade or darken, which could have indirect effects in terms of their thermal behavior because we have accurate scientific instruments that have to maintain a certain temperature,” Voeren said. .

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The EnVision mission was announced last year and the European Space Agency hopes to reach Venus “early 2030”, just a few years after NASA’s 2029 launch date for the DAVINCI mission.