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The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) interplanetary mission to Venus, “Shukrayaan-1,” is facing a temporary setback. While the mission plan is finalized, it requires approval from the incoming Indian government, which is currently being formed following the recent national elections.

ISRO chairman S. Somanath confirmed this information during a media interaction last month. He explained that the elections caused a delay in the approval process, and the new government is expected to take up the matter soon.

Shukrayaan-1 has garnered significant interest within the Indian space science community. This ambitious mission aims to study the scorching Venusian atmosphere, a world shrouded in thick clouds and boasting extreme temperatures. Understanding Venus, often referred to as Earth’s “twin planet,” can provide valuable insights into the evolution of our own solar system and the potential for life on other planets.

The wait for government approval shouldn’t dampen the enthusiasm surrounding Shukrayaan-1. ISRO’s proven track record in space exploration, coupled with the scientific significance of the mission, suggests a high likelihood of approval in the near future. Once approved, Shukrayaan-1 will be a significant milestone in India’s spacefaring journey, propelling the nation to the forefront of Venus exploration.