The projected Venus expedition from China would study the planet's geology and atmosphere.

The Venus Volcano Imaging and Climate Explorer is the proposed mission.

(VOICE) would take off in 2026 and enter orbit around the sun's hottest and brightest planet in 2027.

To study Venus' atmosphere, the spacecraft would travel in a circular polar orbit at a height of 220 miles (350 kilometres).

, interactions between the surface and the atmosphere, and the possibility of a habitable environment and life in the Venusian clouds.

VOICE is a potential mission for an independent space science initiative from China's primary lunar and planetary exploration programmes.

The third Strategic Priority Program is instead evaluating the proposed mission as one of 13 candidate missions.

The VOICE mission appears to be competing with three others in the category of planetary and Earth science: 

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