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An architecture program for the robotic exploration of Venus

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3 Author(s)
Canales-Romero, J.M. ; Int. Space Univ., Vancouver, BC ; Khan, A.S. ; Jonsson, J.

To date, most space exploration has focused on the solar system beyond Earth's orbit while the inner solar system between Earth and the Sun has received only limited attention. In this region, Venus, with a similar size and mass to Earth but with a very different environment, is probably the most interesting body. The most notable feature of Venus is the extreme runaway greenhouse effect. This phenomenon is considered a potential fate for the Earth in the future. Exploring Venus could help mitigate this threat. However, the environment of Venus is sufficiently challenging as to preclude the possibility of physical human presence for the foreseeable future. Consequently, robot-mediated exploration is required

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Aerospace Conference, 2006 IEEE

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