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Is this the first exploration of Venus?

No. Although EnVision will boast many new "firsts," a few spacecrafts have already travelled to Venus. In fact, this mission is specifically designed to complement previous understanding and answer some of the longstanding questions no other missions were able to cover. To better understand how EnVision fits in in the grand scheme of Venus exploration it is necessary to look back on previous missions and their highlights :

From these achievements, it appears that the next stage of Venus exploration must focus on its surface: the geological interface between its dense, hostile atmosphere and its Earth-like but puzzling interior: enter EnVision.

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