Or, as Discovery News puts it, RETURN TO HELL:
We have a lot of unanswered questions about Venus that warrant a return surface visit. Venus might have once had oceans and even incubated life. But the oceans quickly evaporated into space. Recent data from the European Space Agency’s Venus Express orbiter shows hydrogen leaking into space, which would come from ultraviolet light breaking apart water molecules.
If there were Venusian oceans, and their evaporation was slow enough for life to begin and adapt, microbes might have fled into the thick atmosphere. The environment is balmy a few dozen miles above the surface where temperatures are 150 degree Fahrenheit and there is a concentration of water vapor.
To further explore these questions, NASA is considering a mission to land the first U.S. probe on Venus. It is called the Surface and Atmosphere Geochemical Explorer (SAGE). The Venus visit is not funded, but competing for space bucks with other solar system missions under study.
The SAGE probe design resembles – appropriately enough — a Weber charcoal grill. It would land near the edge of Mielikki Mons, a 4,500 foot-high volcano.
The lander would operate for for just a few hours before succumbing to the 850-degree Fahrenheit Venus kiln. Therefore, multiple instruments running simultaneously would play a game of “beat the clock” and furiously collect weather and mineralogical data while snapping off tourist pictures. They would have merely a one-hour window to suck up data before transmitting it back to Earth.