The Space Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), according to RIA Novosti, has supported a large-scale initiative to explore Venus, which, among other things, provides for the delivery of rock samples to Earth for detailed study in laboratory conditions.
The multi-year exploration program for the second planet of the solar system has three key phases. The first stage is planned to be implemented in 2029: orbital and landing modules will be sent to Venus as part of the Venera-D mission.
In another two or three years, it is planned to launch the second research apparatus. Finally, by the mid-2030s, a third station for the study of Venus should be sent: it is she who is expected to be designed with the aim of delivering samples of the atmosphere, aerosols and, possibly, soil of the planet to Earth.
“To confirm the unique scientific significance of the return of samples of matter from the surface and atmosphere of Venus as the most important goal at the final stage of the Venus exploration program“, – noted in the conclusion of the specialists of the Space Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
It is also possible that Russia will organize an “urgent” Venusian expedition to search for possible traces of life on this planet. The launch of such a probe can be carried out in 2027.
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