Roscosmos Ends US Participation in Venera-D Mission to Venus – Parabolic Arc


While flying over Venus in July 2020, the Parker Solar Probe’s WISPR instrument, short for Wide-field Imager for Parker Solar Probe, detected a bright edge around the edge of the planet that may be a nightglow – the light emitted by Oxygen atoms elevated in the atmosphere which recombine into molecules in the night side. (Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Naval Research Laboratory/Guillermo Stenborg and Brendan Gallagher)

Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin announced that Russia is ending NASA’s participation in the long-delayed Venera D mission to launch an orbiter and lander to Venus in 2029. Roscosmos tweeted: from Russian)

⚡ “In the context of the introduction of new sanctions and the maintenance of previously imposed sanctions, I consider the continuation of the United States’ participation in the Russian project for the development and creation of an interplanetary station #ВенераД [Venera-D] inappropriate,” said Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos.

Rogozin’s announcement was the latest move in response to US sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this week. Some of the sanctions have targeted the country’s space industry, although NASA said they would not impact cooperation on civilian space projects.

It wasn’t immediately what impact the decision would have on the mission. There have been significant discussions about the contribution of NASA instruments to the mission. However, in September 2020, Roscosmos announced that Venera-D would be “an independent national project without significant involvement of international cooperation”.

Last June, NASA announced two missions to the planet: Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gas, Chemistry, and Imaging (DAVINCI+); and Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography, and Spectroscopy (VERITAS).

US-based launch vehicle and satellite provider Rocket Lab is also working on a private mission to Venus that would deploy one or more probes into the planet’s thick atmosphere.

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