Then There Were 3: NASA to Collaborate on ESA’s New Venus Mission

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Date: 2021-06-08T17:25-04:00
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NASA to return to Venus with two missions by 2030

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NASA selects two robotic missions to Venus for launch in late 2020s

NASA has selected two robotic missions for launch to Venus around 2029, the U.S. space agency’s first spacecraft in more than 30 years dedicated to exploring the hellishly hot second planet from the sun.

The two winning proposals ‘ named DAVINCI+ and VERITAS ‘ won a competition run by NASA to select the next projects for development under the agency’s Discovery program, a line of cost-capped planetary science missions.

‘Congratulations to the teams behind NASA’s two planetary science missions: VERITAS ‘ ‘truth’ ‘ and DAVINCI+,’ said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson in the June 2 announcement. ‘These two sister missions both aim to understand how Venus became an inferno-like world capable of melting lead at the surface. They will offer the entire science community the chance to investigate a planet we haven’t been to in more than 30 years.’

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Chasing Cyclones from Space

Hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones are beautiful to behold from Earth orbit. Most of us are familiar with satellite images of these intense storms, with their dark, near-circular eyes surrounded by spirals of whites and grays. Here on Earth’s surface, however, they are among nature’s most destructive forces. Cumulatively from 2000 to 2019, these storms accounted for about 30% of all global economic losses caused by natural hazards.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the ISS

Flying about 400km above the earth’s surface at a speed of 28,800km/h, the International Space Station (ISS) completes one revolution around the planet in approximately just 92 minutes, with astronauts on board the station therefore experiencing 16 sunsets and sunrises every earth day. The ISS represents one of the largest multinational projects ever embarked upon, seeing the collaboration of five different space agencies ‘ NASA, ESA, CSA, JAXA and Roscosmos ‘ a true testament to what can be achieved through global collaboration and unity.

The ISS follows several other previous earth-orbiting stations, being the ninth such station around our planet to be inhabited. It is also the largest artificial satellite, currently measuring 73m in length and 109m in width. Its in-orbit assembly started in 1998 with the Russian Zarya module, followed closely by the American Unity module. The Zarya-Unity modules remained unin’habited for two years, during which time the Russian Mir station was still in operation, until the Zvezda module was added to Zarya-Unity in July 2000, making it fully habitable. Further modules, such as Destiny, Pirs and Poisk, Tranquility and Columbus, among many others, were added later on. The station serves as a unique laboratory operating in microgravity, with research carried out over the years spanning numerous fields in astronomy, astrobiology and meteorology.


Publisher: Times of Malta
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