European Space Agency Approves $610M Venus Orbiter

A Venus mission estimated to cost $610 million has been approved by the European Space Agency, coming on the heels of NASA’s two Venus missions announced earlier this month.

The ESA’s EnVision orbiter will launch in 2031 or 2032, UPI reported Thursday.

“A new era in the exploration of our closest, yet wildly different, solar system neighbor awaits us,” G√ľnther Hasinger, ESA Director of Science, said in a statement. “Together with the newly announced NASA-led Venus missions, we will have an extremely comprehensive science program at this enigmatic planet well into the next decade.”

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