Russia Building Interplanetary Space Station Near Venus

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 - 11:23AM
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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 - 11:23AM
Russia Building Interplanetary Space Station Near Venus
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While everyone else is rushing to explore Mars for life and good spots to set up colonies, Russia is going the opposite direction: today, the Russian federal scientific organization Fano and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences announced tentative plans to send a probe to Venus, as well as build an 'interplanetary station' in the vicinity of the planet.

All this comes on the heels of news that Russia is interested in partnering the NASA to build a 'Deep Space Gateway' that will serve as a jumping-off point for interplanetary missions and beyond.

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Venus is a strange choice for Russia's newest space push, considering that the planet is the hottest planet in the Solar System (about 864 degrees Fahrenheit), has an atmosphere made primarily of carbon dioxide and sulfuric acid, features a surface pressure about 90 times that of Earth, and features numerous active volcanoes.

Previous probes sent to Venus's surface only survived a few hours before being destroyed.

Though its size, mass, gravity, and composition are similar to Earth, Venus is hot little ball of destruction for anything that tries to land there.

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The plans for the Russian station are still being fleshed out, but we know some details about the probe:

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Earlier, reports citing Russia's Space Research Institute's researcher Lyudmila Zasova had said the Venera-D [probe] would have two components - an orbiter and a descent module which will transmit data non-stop. It was also reported that the orbiter would be operational for three years. The landing module would last on the surface of the planet two hours, reports had said. Zasova had also speculated that the Angara-A5 rocket would be used for this project, which could happen in 2026-2027. The total mass of the probe is expected to be around 6.5 tonnes.
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With China claiming that it will become the leader in global aerospace exploration and tech by 2045, Elon Musk planning on sending astronauts to Mars by the 2020s, and US officials preparing for a new age of space warfare, it's not too late for our lives to turn into either Firefly or Star Trek.

We're hoping for Star Trek. 
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