After sending missions to the Moon and Mars, ISRO is now preparing a spacecraft to orbit Venus to study what lies beneath the surface of the hottest planet in the solar system, and also unravel the mysteries beneath. the clouds of sulfuric acid that envelop it.
Addressing a one-day meeting on Venusian science, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman S Somnath said the Venus mission had been designed, a project report drafted and “l ‘identified money’.
He urged scientists to focus on high-impact results.
“Building and setting up a mission to Venus is possible for India in a very short time because the capability exists today with India,” Somnath said in his inaugural address.
The space agency is eyeing the December 2024 window for its launch with orbital maneuvers scheduled for the following year when Earth and Venus are so aligned that the spacecraft could be placed into the orbit of the neighboring planet using an amount minimum propellant.
The next similar window would be available in 2031.
Somnath cautioned against repeating experiments from previous missions to Venus and is focusing on single, high-impact results, like those achieved by Chandrayaan-I and the Mars Orbiter mission.
Among the planned experiments are an investigation of surface processes and shallow subsurface stratigraphy, including active volcanic hotspots and lava flows, the study of the structure, composition and dynamics of the atmosphere , and the study of the interaction of the solar wind with the Venusian ionosphere.
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