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Russia Planning Unmanned Trip to Venus

Russia Planning Unmanned Trip to Venus
A plane flies past a crescent moon and the bright planet Venus in Shenzhen, China on Jan. 2, 2017. (AP)

By    |   Monday, 27 November 2017 12:47 PM

Russian scientists plan to launch an unmanned rocket ship to planet Venus the next decade and eventually establish an interplanetary space station.

"A comprehensive program for research on Venus and for creating an interplanetary station there is being developed. The first concept conference with participants in the Venera-D (Venus Long-Lived) has been held.

"The work on the program is at the initial phase," FANO, Russia's federal agency for scientific organizations, told the country's official press agency TASS on Monday.

FANO said its scientists and those from the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences are drafting a "comprehensive program" for launching a space probe to Venus.

That will be followed by the creation an "interplanetary station."

The probe, called the Venera-D, is expected to consist of an orbiter and descent module which will transmit data non-stop, according to TASS.

The orbiter will circle the planet for three years, while the landing module is expected to last on the surface of Venus for two hours because of its extreme climate.

Venus — the second planet from the sun named for after the Roman goddess of love and beauty — is the hottest in the solar system with surface temperatures hot enough to melt lead, according to NASA.

The planet, which is Earth's closest neighbor, has an atmosphere made up mainly of carbon dioxide, and thick clouds of sulfuric acid completely cover the planet, NASA adds.

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