NASA is planning to return to Venus. It’s about time.

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NASA’s return to Venus

NASA announced last week that for the first time in more than 30 years, it is sending not one, but two missions to Venus. What does the space agency hope to accomplish?

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Yes. In 1962, Venus became the first planet to be explored by a spacecraft, when NASA’s Mariner 2 flew by, sending back information about the planet’s atmosphere and recording its temperature for the first time. The then-Soviet Union also took an interest in Venus, and beginning in the 1960s sent several probes to the planet. Its Venera 13 probe made history when it landed on the surface of Venus in 1982. Due to the hostile environment, the probe was only able to handle about two hours on the planet before it succumbed to the intense heat and pressure, but the probe did capture photos of Venus’ surface and a recording of atmospheric wind noises. Seven years later, NASA sent its Magellan spacecraft to orbit Venus.

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NASA to return to Venus with two missions by 2030

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Two New NASA Missions To Venus ‘ What Do We Expect To Learn And Why It Matters

NASA is sending two new missions to study Venus. Here’s an in-depth look at the DAVINCI+ and VERITAS missions and why exploring Earth’s sister planet is important.

The United States’ space agency will be returning to Earth’s neighbour and sister planet Venus this decade ‘ after a pause of about 30 years.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that it has selected two new missions to Venus ‘ DAVINCI+ and VERITAS.

These two approved missions were part of the four concept solar system science missions selected by NASA in February last year. The other two are Io Volcano Observer (IVO) and TRIDENT ‘ designed to explore Jupiter’s moon lo and Neptune’s icy moon Triton respectively.


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NASA selects two Venus missions for Discovery program

WASHINGTON ‘ For the first time in more than three decades, NASA has announced it will send a robotic mission to Venus, selecting two proposals in the latest round of its Discovery program.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced at the end of a ‘State of NASA’ speech at NASA Headquarters June 2 that the DAVINCI+ and VERITAS missions will launch to Venus in the late 2020s, having beat out competing proposals for missions to Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io and Neptune’s large moon Triton that were also selected as finalists in early 2020.

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NASA will launch 2 new missions to Venus by 2030 to return to Earth’s hellish twin

NASA will send two new missions to Venus to learn more about how the planet’s hellish atmosphere turned so hostile over its history.

The announcement came on Wednesday (June 2) during NASA administrator Bill Nelson’s livestreamed State of NASA speech. The two missions, called DAVINCI+ and VERITAS were selected from NASA’s shortlist of four spacecraft for the next round of Discovery missions; the other two contenders would have visited Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io and Neptune’s largest moon Triton.

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