PARIS, 10 June. / TASS /. The European Space Agency (ESA) has decided to launch the EnVision mission to Venus. This is stated in a release published on Thursday on the organization's official website.
“EnVision will be ESA's next [exploration] Venus orbiter, which will provide a holistic view of the planet from its inner core to the upper atmosphere, which will help determine the cause of the different paths of evolution of Venus and Earth,” – said in the message. It is also noted that the mission was selected by the ESA Science Program Committee on June 10 as the fifth mid-range mission, scheduled to launch in the early 2030s.
“A new era awaits us in the study of our closest, but completely different neighbor in the solar system,” – said ESA Director of Science, Professor Gunther Hassinger. He added that along with recently announced NASA-led missions to Venus over the next decade, “we will have an extremely extensive science program on this mysterious planet.” Hasinger previously noted that the discovery of life beyond Earth is the highest priority for the European Space Agency, which is already carrying out and preparing a series of exoplanetary missions.
EnVision is an ESA-led mission with participation of NASA and is a continuation of the Venus Express program (2005-2014). According to experts, EnVision will significantly improve the surface radar images taken by NASA Magellan in the 1990s.
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