17th January, 2023 Science and Technology
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- ISRO’s Venus mission, called Shukrayaan I, was expected to be launched in December 2024. But ISRO said that the organization is yet to receive approval from the Indian government for the Venus mission and that the mission could as a result be postponed to 2031.
- Shukrayaan-1is a planned orbiter to Venus by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to study the surface and atmosphere of Venus.
- The orbiter, depending on its final configuration, would have a science payload capability of approximately 100 kilograms (220 lb) with 500 W available power.
- The three broad research areas of interest for this mission include surface/subsurface stratigraphy and re-surfacing processes; second: study the atmospheric chemistry, dynamics and compositional variations, and third: a study of solar irradiance and solar wind interaction with Venus ionosphere while studying the structure, composition and dynamics of the atmosphere.