Space Coast, FL – Venus, our second planet from the sun will soon be getting some visitors in over thirty(30) years. NASA has announced it’s two new missions to Venus during the State of NASA address. The missions point to comprehend how the blazing gaseous planet came to be. Venus holds many characteristics similar to Earth and possibly had been the first habitable world in our solar system.
NASA is granting approximately $500M for each mission of development. They are expected to launch around a 2028-2030 timeframe.
DAVINCI+ (Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging)
DAVINCI+ is to calculate the makeup of Venus' atmosphere to know how it began and progressed. It will also find out if the planet ever had an ocean. This mission includes of a sphere that will descend and dive through the thick atmosphere, while collecting data of noble gases and other elements.
To add more, DAVINCI+ will capture high resolution photographs. Mainly of the different geological features on the morning star. This is also known as "tesserae", which will potentially be comparable to Earth's continents. While potentially suggesting that Venus has tectonic plates.
VERITAS (Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography, and Spectroscopy)
VERITAS is to map the surface of Venus and is to determine the planet’s geologic history. This will help know why it developed differently than Earth. VERITAS will chart surface elevations to create 3D reconstructions of topography. And confirm plate tectonics and volcanism activity is current.
VERITAS also will map infrared emissions from Venus’ surface to map its rock type, which is largely unknown, and determine whether active volcanoes are releasing water vapor into the atmosphere.
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