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Sample Return from the Surface of Venus

Artist rendition of Sample Return in flight.
Graphic depiction of Sample Return from the Surface of Venus
Geoffrey Landis

Geoffrey Landis
NASA Glenn Research Center

At 450°C and 92 atmosphere pressure, the surface of Venus is the most hostile environment to explore in the solar system. This project will pioneer a new approach to return a sample from the surface of Venus. The approach will merge an innovative carbon monoxide rocket technology to make propellant from the Venus atmosphere with innovations in high-temperature surface systems and solar aircraft.

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