After a successful outing to Mars, India’s space scientists now plan to send a satellite to Venus, the brightest and hottest planet in the solar system, in about two-and-a-half years, reports Asian Age
The mission to Venus will attempt to understand the evolution of life. Prof. Jacques Blamont, a renowned French astrophysicist, has offered to help the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) with it.
Prof U.R. Rao, former chairman of ISRO and head of the space agency’s Advisory Committee for Space Sciences, said:
“It is possible to build and launch the spacecraft in about two-and-a-half years. Dr Adimurthy (who, incidentally, wrote the first feasibility report on the Mars Orbiter Mission) and a big team at VSSC (Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram) are working out all the details like the ideal launch window, the best orbit for the orbiter and the instruments to go on board.”