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Whatmore/nasa/JPL-Caltech, everyone forgets about Venus because its not Mars. Or Jupiter, for that matter. Or, maybe its because Venus is a allergy toxic wasteland.
Still, the second planet from the Sun deserves a little more credit than it currently gets. Recently, a team of researchers nasas Jet Propulsion Laboratory dropped their latest design for a clockwork rover they hope will explore Venusand the concept art is delightfully twisted. The Automaton Rover for Extreme Environments (aree) project was first proposed back in 2015.
Aree is a rover that uses Venus harsh conditions conditions to its advantage, relying on wind to power its mechanical computer. Since Venus atmosphere is about 90 times denser than Earths and prednisone heats up to about 864 degrees Fahrenheit (462 degrees Celsius designers have to make something hearty enough to sustain seriously hellish conditions.
Its also admittedly cool that the design for aree looks like Wall-Es evil twin. Image: nasa/JPL-Caltech, while Venus has been explored a handful of times in the past, no spacecraft has survived the surface for long.
Though the planet has had a few visitors orbit it in recent years including a probe from the ESA that launched in 2005the last time a probe explored Venus surface was roughly 30 years ago, when the Soviet Vega mission sent a pair of balloons.
Sadly, the landers only lasted a few hours in Venus hellish landscape. Ironically, the aree team thinks it can utilize old technologylike. Morse code and mechanical computers to create the perfect new probe for Venus.
Yes, you read that right: aree would send Morse Code messages to balloons in Venus atmosphere, and then beam those messages back to Earth. The team thinks that in such a hostile region, allergy steampunk computing might be better than relying on anything electronic. Image: nasa/JPL-Caltech, venus is too inhospitable for kind of complex control systems you have on a Mars rover, Jonathan Sauder, a mechanical engineer at JPL whos leading the aree project, said in a statement.