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An aerobot concept for Venus Exploration
The Venus In-Situ Explorer (VISE) is a mission that was proposed by the NASA planetary science Decadal Survey as a space probe designed to answer fundamental scientific questions by landing and performing experiments on Venus. It would be part of NASA's New Frontiers program.
Overview and capabilities 
While on the surface, the Venus In-Situ Explorer will acquire and characterize a core sample of the surface to study pristine rock samples not weathered by the very harsh surface conditions of the planet. Also, the VISE will measure the composition and mineralogy of the surface. The Venus In-Situ Explorer has been proposed for launch in 2013.
Other Venus exploration concepts 
Several variant mission concepts for a Venus in-situ explorer have also been proposed, including both surface and atmospheric exploration:
- ^ VISE in the solarsystem.nasa.gov list of proposed missions 
- ^ Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG) 
- ^ NASA – New Frontiers Program – Program Plan  (accessed 2010 July 22)
External links 
- NASA New Frontiers program plan (accessed July 22, 2010)
- NASA Atmospheric Flight on Venus Landis, Geoffrey A., Colozza, Anthony, and LaMarre, Christopher M., International Astronautical Federation Congress 2002, paper IAC-02-Q.4.2.03, AIAA-2002-0819, AIAA0, No. 5