NASA Chooses Two Trips to Venus for the Discovery Program


By Aahil

NASA has announced that it will send a robotic mission to Venus, selecting two proposals in the latest round of its Discovery program.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced in a speech that the DAVINCI and VERITAS missions will launch to Venus in the late 2020s.

"The purpose of these two sister missions is to understand how Venus became an inferno-like world capable of melting lead on the surface," Nelson said.

"They will give the entire science community an opportunity to investigate a planet we haven't visited in more than 30 years."

DAVINCI, or Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble Gases, Chemistry, and Imaging, will send a probe into the planet's atmosphere.

That will measure the noble gasses and other elements that could provide insight into how its runaway greenhouse effect developed.

The cameras on the Descent Probe will provide high-resolution images of geological features known as "tessera."

VERITAS, or Venus Emissivity, will map the planet from orbit using the Radio Science, InSAR, topography, synthetic aperture radar system.

It will also search for infrared emissions that could help scientists determine whether there is an active volcano.

NASA's Discovery Program scientist said in a statement. "It will look like we've rediscovered the planet."

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