Isro to join race to Venus, eyes 2024 orbiter launch

What is the News?

Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO) is planning to launch Venus Mission in 2024.

What is the Venus Mission?

To be launched by: ISRO

Year of Launch: 2024

Objective: To study the Venusian atmosphere which is toxic and corrosive in nature as clouds of sulfuric acid cover the planet.

Experiments planned for the Venus mission include 1) investigation of the surface processes and shallow subsurface stratigraphy including active volcanic hotspots and lava flows, 2) studying the structure, composition and dynamics of the atmosphere and 3) investigation of solar wind interaction with the Venusian Ionosphere.

Why has the year 2024 been chosen for the Venus Mission?

2024 has been chosen keeping in mind the fact that Venus will be in close proximity to Earth in the year 2025. When Venus and Earth are in such close proximity, a spacecraft can be placed in Venus’ orbit with the least amount of propellant. The next similar window is slated only in 2031.

Source: The post is based on the article Isro to join race to Venus, eyes 2024 orbiter launchpublished in TOI on 5th May 2022. 

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