NASA's Plan To Put a Landsail Rover on Venus

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    Aug 27, 2013 1:30 AM GMT
    Good! Rovers are a great use of limited funds.

    Venus is like a reclusive celebrity that gets the public's attention every couple of years, though in the planet's case it's more like every century. One group at NASA wants to get to know the real story behind Venus in a much more intimate setting.

    Rather than observe the planet from afar, either through Earth's observatories or with satellites and probes, Geoffrey Landis and his team at NASA want to put a sail-powered rover on Venus's surface.

    "Venus is the closest planet to Earth, but we know so little about it," Landis, the principal investigator behind the Venus landsail, told ABC News. "We'd be looking at a planet similar to Earth, but [something] went terribly wrong."



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    Aug 27, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
    GoNYMets2012 saidGood! Rovers are a great use of limited funds.

    Venus is like a reclusive celebrity that gets the public's attention every couple of years, though in the planet's case it's more like every century. One group at NASA wants to get to know the real story behind Venus in a much more intimate setting.

    Rather than observe the planet from afar, either through Earth's observatories or with satellites and probes, Geoffrey Landis and his team at NASA want to put a sail-powered rover on Venus's surface.

    "Venus is the closest planet to Earth, but we know so little about it," Landis, the principal investigator behind the Venus landsail, told ABC News. "We'd be looking at a planet similar to Earth, but [something] went terribly wrong."



    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/nasas-plan-put-landsail-rover-venus/story?id=20068884


    One theory is that Venus does not have a stable surface , that is it becomes molten occasionally so a land craft won't work.
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    Aug 27, 2013 3:09 AM GMT
    The Russians have landed a few probes on the surface of Venus, but I don't think they lasted long, and I don't think they moved around. Here are some photos.
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    Aug 27, 2013 4:34 AM GMT
    Alpha13 said
    GoNYMets2012 saidGood! Rovers are a great use of limited funds.

    Venus is like a reclusive celebrity that gets the public's attention every couple of years, though in the planet's case it's more like every century. One group at NASA wants to get to know the real story behind Venus in a much more intimate setting.

    Rather than observe the planet from afar, either through Earth's observatories or with satellites and probes, Geoffrey Landis and his team at NASA want to put a sail-powered rover on Venus's surface.

    "Venus is the closest planet to Earth, but we know so little about it," Landis, the principal investigator behind the Venus landsail, told ABC News. "We'd be looking at a planet similar to Earth, but [something] went terribly wrong."



    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/nasas-plan-put-landsail-rover-venus/story?id=20068884


    One theory is that Venus does not have a stable surface , that is it becomes molten occasionally so a land craft won't work.


    The surface of Venus is young, geologically speaking, but it's been solid for at least 500 million years.
    I'm just wondering if a sail powered rover would work on venus if there is little to no wind at the surface?
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    Aug 27, 2013 11:08 AM GMT
    With such hostile conditions on Venus, a working rover would be an impressive achievement indeed!
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    Aug 27, 2013 11:43 AM GMT


    That Rover needs condoms ..lots of it. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 27, 2013 11:50 AM GMT
    This actually reminds me of the movie Queen of Outerspace which I almost died watching it.

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