NASA plans to launch two new scientific missions to Venus between 2028 and 2030
Islam News -NASA plans to launch two new scientific missions to Venus between 2028 and 2030 for the first time in over 30 years.
The US space agency said the missions aim to further the understanding of the planet’s atmosphere and geologic features.
NASA said it was awarding $500m (£352m) for the development of each of the two missions, named DAVINCI+ and VERITAS.
DAVINCI+ will measure the composition of the dense Venusian Atmosphere and will explore how it evolved.
Meanwhile, VERITAS will map the planet’s surface from orbit to help determine its geological history and why it developed so differently than Earth.
DAVINCI+ consists of a fly-by spacecraft and an atmospheric descent probe, and is also expected to return the first high-resolution images of unique geological characteristics on Venus called “tesserae”.
Scientists believe those features may be comparable to Earth’s continents and suggest Venus has plate tectonics.