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After Successful Moon and Mars Missions, ISRO Eyes Venus but Why?

 Magellan spacecraft radar data enabled scientists to penetrate Venus' thick clouds and create simulated views of the surface.(Image Credit: NASA)


Magellan spacecraft radar data enabled scientists to penetrate Venus’ thick clouds and create simulated views of the surface.(Image Credit: NASA)

Indian space agency ISRO is planning to send a probe mission to Venus, which is in our neighbourhood besides being the planet of love, wealth and prosperity for the human race since ages.

Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully carried out mission to Moon called Chandrayaan-1 and another breakthrough mission to Mars called Mangalyaan so far. While the Chandrayaan-2 mission is underway, ISRO is also planning a mission to Venus and if possible another probe of an asteroid nearby.

The Mars and Jupiter belt has many asteroids where NASA’s Dawn is orbiting currently. Even the Eruopean Space agency has sent its mission Rosetta. ISRO may follow similar strategy.

But why Venus? “Venus is our neighbour and has many scientific challenges and aspects that need to be studied. Exploring an asteroid is also challenging task,” says Dr A.S. Kiran Kumar, ISRO chairman.

Though Venus is similar to Earth in several features, its atmosphere lacks oxygen and instead has carbon-dioxide with temperature soaring to 460 degree Celsius, making it impossible to imagine life on it. With constant volcanic activity, Venus’ thick, toxic atmosphere traps heat in a typical ‘greenhouse effect.’ Venus spins slowly in the opposite direction of most planets.

But Venus is only a little smaller than Earth and the second closest planet to the sun at a distance of about 108 million km (67 million miles). One day on Venus lasts as long as 243 Earth days and it has no moons or rings.

So far, nearly 40 spacecraft have been sent to explore Venus and the Magellan mission in the early 1990s mapped almost 98 percent of the planet’s surface. And this is the only planet where Sun rises not in the East but in West.

With the difficult to imagine surface on Venus already known, it is still not sure why ISRO wants to send a mission to Venus. While ISRO is known for its cost-saving planning, the entire mission may yield no greater insights than what NASA has currently.

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10 comments

  1. Just as a star has a Goldilocks zone wouldn’t it be possible that a planet like Venus has a Goldilocks zone in the atmosphere. That would be worth exploring.

  2. Venus has always fascinated me. The chemistry of its thick atmosphere is worth studying, especially for devising ways to alter it for future colonization (a comet’s worth of water could get the changes started). Good luck in this mission, and I hope the ISRO makes discoveries about Venus that will keep scientists talking through the end of this century! RCQ

  3. “While ISRO is known for its cost-saving planning, the entire mission may yield no greater insights than what NASA has currently”
    A statement worthy of bean counters that this website represents. You guys certainly have some imagination!

  4. Peter Brewmaker

    Most of those who have replied so far appear to suffer from reading comprehension problems. The question being raised is should ISRO go to Venus and NOT can ISRO go to Venus. When i read the news for the first time that was my exact reaction. Why Venus ? BTW, the author forgot to mention Sulfuric acid clouds. Anyway agree with the author that there are better candidates to send our space missions to.

  5. NASA is great but somehow it failed to detect water on Moon.. Its ISRO’s Chandrayaan which confirmed about water on Moon.. Goodluck ISRO!!

  6. ISRO is good space company having team of experience scientist. They know very well about importance of shuttle programme. Every exploration demand some cost. And we have to get ready for this.

  7. Bharath Krishna

    Digging out even a single planetary information about Venus, not known to mankind so far, will lead us into a more promising future. With emerging technologies, I am sure ISRO will. Hell yeah!! It’s worth an effort!!

  8. If you are asking if ISRO s move to explore planet venus is right? well when it comes to exploration there is no limit. If ISRO wants to get additional experience about exploring planets by exploring near by planets first there is nothing wrong in it

  9. ISRO !!! is the best , and indian scientist know excatly what they are doing. what other countries dare to think…indian scientist do. im sure they have a plan. go ISRO!! all the best

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