Russian scientists want to send three missions to Venus and try to deliver soil from there for the first time in history, according to the Scientific Director of the Space Research Institute Lev Zeleny.
“We are no longer thinking about one Venus-D mission, but about the whole programme […] As a final mission, an absolutely fantastic plot of delivering soil from Venus is being considered,” Zeleny said.
According to Zeleny, three missions under the Russian Venus exploration programme are planned for 2029, 2031, and 2034. In 2029, the Venus-D spacecraft with orbital, landing, demonstration and atmospheric modules will go to the planet. In 2031, “Expedition 2” is planned. And finally, “Expedition 3”, which scientists want to launch in 2034, will include flight and balloon modules, as well as landing and return vehicles.
Source: RIA Novosti