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2012-10-27 08:44:23 AM  
Uranus is remarkable.

/DNWTFS
 
2012-10-27 09:05:43 AM  
Understandably, Venus is not a priority for exploration due to the heat and atmospheric pressure. But I have to wonder if these challenges can be overcome in the design of a probe that might produce useful data for a reasonable period like weeks or even months.
 
2012-10-27 10:37:34 AM  

thisispete: Understandably, Venus is not a priority for exploration due to the heat and atmospheric pressure. But I have to wonder if these challenges can be overcome in the design of a probe that might produce useful data for a reasonable period like weeks or even months.


Very hard to do. Every component would be Designed just for that purpose, but we wouldn't have the benefit of past performance data like we have for lunar and martian missions.

Cold is much easier to handle than hot.

However there could be some really cool missions if we focus on the atmosphere rather than the surface. We could 'float' massive science observatories in Venus' thick atmosphere. Those could then act as intermediaries for short lived surface probes.
 
2012-10-27 10:50:49 AM  
"Most Soviet landers crashed before they reached the Martian surface,"

"Before?" What did they crash into then?
 
2012-10-27 10:58:29 AM  
That Martian sunset looks beautiful.
 
2012-10-27 12:25:31 PM  
Japan's Hayabusa spacecraft approaches asteroid Itokawa, it's shadow visible as a tiny cross on the body's surface.

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2012-10-29 07:44:26 PM  
ftfa: Image: 1) Magellan spacecraft image of Venus' mighty Aphrodite Terra, a large continent-like feature on its surface. NASA/JPL/USGS 2) Venera 13's color image from the surface of Venus.

The first image is currently missing. There's just the Venera 13 image.
 
2012-10-29 07:47:40 PM  

Isildur: ftfa: Image: 1) Magellan spacecraft image of Venus' mighty Aphrodite Terra, a large continent-like feature on its surface. NASA/JPL/USGS 2) Venera 13's color image from the surface of Venus.

The first image is currently missing. There's just the Venera 13 image.


Wait, never mind, the picture way above that is the Venus/Aphrodite Terra image... which, confusingly, is put together with the Mercury image's caption.
 
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