Nasa will send spacecraft to explore the hellish surface of Venus

With all this talk about sending people to the moon and eventually to Mars, it’s easy to forget that there are other planets to explore that. So, a team of engineers from NASA aimed at Venus , the closest neighbor of the Earth and one of the least studied planets in the Solar system. Recall that the first landing (crash) on Venus in 1966 and made the Soviet probe, which remained on the surface of the planet only a few hours. However, the new probe NASA is designed to stay on Venus for at least 60 days. Each of the components of the probe -Long-Live-in-situ Solar System Explorer, or LLISSE specially designed in order to withstand the high temperature, high pressure and atmosphere that make this planet truly hot.

Looks like that hot neighbor of our planet

The evil twin of the Earth

Venus has rightfully earned the reputation of “evil twin” of the Earth. Weight and size of these two planets is nearly the same scientists believe that Venus was once a Paradise, rich with water and even basic life. Today, however, conditions on its surface a hospitable one. The temperature on Venus is high enough, and the atmospheric pressure is similar to that can experience a diver, submerged thousands of feet deep into the ocean. In addition, winds encircle the planet at a speed similar to a tornado, and during the day thick clouds of sulfuric acid cover the sun. But the night on Venus lasts 100 earth days.

There is a theory that Venus was once a vast, shallow ocean of liquid water, which in the end evaporated. When that happened, the hydrogen entered the space, and the atmosphere rich in carbon dioxide, was the cause of rampant greenhouse effect turned the planet into an unsightly landscape that we see today. However, the thick atmosphere of the neigbour of the Earth in the Solar system limits the amount of information that can assemble a spacecraft when in orbit. To find out what happened on Venus, the probe needs to get to the planet’s surface.

The surface of Venus is not a welcoming call

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As they developed the latest technology for flight on Venus

Given the weather conditions on Venus, create a camera, able to survive on the surface of the 60 days was a laborious task. Unlike Rovers the size of a car that NASA sent to Mars, LLISSE small, as he will have to travel with other spacecraft. LLISSE is a small cube filled with the tools necessary to test the atmosphere and Geology of Venus. But its small dimensions mean that it will not be some tools that are commonly found on other spacecraft, such as camera.

So should look LLISSE

Scientists believe that one of the main problems was the question of the provision of apparatus of the energies within 60 days. Many missions in deep space using small nuclear reactors for energy production, but LLISSE will use heat activated thermal battery, similar to that used in rockets. The researchers also hope that the unit will be able to witness the transition between night and day. If he lands in one of the Venusian day, which lasts almost four earth months, the researchers believe that the device will be able to work long enough to get all the necessary information.

The joint work of Roscosmos and NASA

Originally LLISSE was developed based on the mission Venera-D joint program between Roscosmos and NASA. The mission will include an Orbiter, lander, big and small devices. However, the mission Venera-D is questionable. Originally the launch was to take place in 2013, but was postponed to 2026. In January, a joint U.S.-Russian team Venera-D has released a report detailing the actions of the spacecraft after landing on Venus, and in early October in Russia held a seminar on the choice of locations for planting machines.

Team LLISSE believes that the probe will be built and fully tested by 2023. If NASA decides to continue the project at this stage, the probe must be rebuilt with the use of flight ready components. However, there is no guarantee that one of the most bulletproof space probes in the history of ever will be able to fly. Well, we just need to hope for the success of Russian and American scientists. Do you think they will? Share your thoughts in the comments and with members of our Telegram chat.

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