NASA Is Sending a Mission to Venus for the First Time in 30 Years

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NASA has recently announced that it will be sending 2 missions to Venus to explore the “lost” world…

This is the first time the space station will be conducting such a study in almost thirty years.

The space agency unveiled 2 new $500 million missions that are expected to launch within the span of 10 years.

But why is this so important?

​Well, researchers have claimed that even though Venus has been a “lost” planet, they have also added that it is a “habitable” planet due to its “Earth-like” climate.

On Wednesday, they announced this:

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“The missions aim to understand how Venus became an inferno-like world when it has so many other characteristics similar to ours – and may have been the first habitable world in the solar system, complete with an ocean and Earth-like climate.”

The selected missions are:

​DAVINCI+ (Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging):
According to the release, “DAVINCI+ will measure the composition of Venus’ atmosphere to understand how it formed and evolved, as well as determine whether the planet ever had an ocean. The mission consists of a descent sphere that will plunge through the planet’s thick atmosphere, making precise measurements of noble gases and other elements to understand why Venus’ atmosphere is a runaway hothouse compared to the Earth’s.”

And the second mission is called: VERITAS (Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography, and Spectroscopy).

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“VERITAS will map Venus’ surface to determine the planet’s geologic history and understand why it developed so differently than Earth. Orbiting Venus with a synthetic aperture radar, VERITAS will chart surface elevations over nearly the entire planet to create 3D reconstructions of topography and confirm whether processes such as plate tectonics and volcanism are still active on Venus.”

The news is exciting, isn’t it?

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