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Will NASA's Next Mission to Venus Be a Balloon?


Potential Venus spacecraft

An artist's illustration of Venus and a potential future spacecraft, a joint U.S.-Russian project that would send an orbiter and lander there. This is but one of several mission concepts now being pursued by planetary scientists lobbying for what they believe to be a long-overdue return to our overlooked planetary neighbor.

Credit:NASA/JPL-Caltech

After decades of neglect, hellish and cloud-enveloped Venus—sometimes called Earth's evil twin—is a world ready and waiting for renewed exploration.

From Scientific American
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