Mapping the Venusian surface



President Carter has agreed to include in the fiscal 1982 budget a request for start-up funds for NASA's 1986 mission to map the surface of Venus, according to the Office of Management and Budget. The Venus Orbiting Imaging Radar (Voir) is expected to disclose the presence of such features as continents, ocean basins, mountain belts, rift valleys, fault belts, or volcanos on the planet's surface. Plate tectonic activity may also be revealed.

Robert A. Frosch, NASA Administrator, said the Office of Management and Budget assured him that the necessary funding will be requested by the President in the fiscal 1982 budget.