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Matt Scunthorpe

Venus Rover

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ronin    3,616

Doesn't quite seem to add up, Dr Landis seems to consider only the high temperature, with passing ackmowledgment of the pressure and chemical composition. A rover with a 12 sq meter solar sail on a planet with heavy dense 100% cloud cover and that cloud is not white so what gets through will be very weak indeed. Also a solar panel operating at what is termed jet engine temperatures.

Seems that the best description of the Venusian atmosphere is extremely hot, very high pressure and basically sulphuric acid and I do not see all these aspects being considered in a serious manner. Even the temperature aspect is covered by the simple idea of "One approach is just live with the high temperatures by using high-temperature devices,’ said Mr Landis.

Seems somewhat of an over simplification, also what is the alternative? Lets cool Venus so that normal temperature devices can be used? Don't really have a choice but to put in high temperature devices really.

I see he changes from Dr Landis to Mr Landis as the artical progresses.

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ArcticCircle    28

You cite the Daily Mail as a reliable source for scientific news :D

I'm mildly suprised they haven't said space probe's cause cancer!

A quick google suggests Dr Landis is indeed a respectable scientist and has spent time as an author of hard science fiction. None the less, I would not trust the Mail to distiungush between art, postulation and reality before you can say Andrew Wakefield!

I'm entirely with ronin on this one I'm affraid.

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Pig    4,727

Venus although a legend sounds a pretty caustic place and we would be better off spending the money going elsewhere.

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Stargazer_00    746

Isn't Venus almost as inhospitable as the sun? I'd sooner see something land on Mercury to be honest. Something that close to a sun has to have some exotic particles blasted into it's mantle worth digging up and potentially mining.

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ArcticCircle    28

I found myself reading up on the Venus probes after this article.

According to Wikipedia, Venera 9 (the Russian 1975 lander) reported light levels on the Venusian surface "comparable to those at Earth mid-latitudes on a cloudy summer day". Thus a solar sail/power is no doubt feasible. The links given by Chris Rowland above are very interesting.

Kindly note that I in no way intended to dismiss the work of Dr Landis (my previous post could be misinterpreted that way). Rather, my previous post intended to highlight the atrocious quality of scientific journalism one sees in the Daily Mail.

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