Onward to Venus!

NASA has selected two spacecraft missions to purge knowledge out of Earth’s sister world:

DAVINCI+ (Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging)

DAVINCI+ Credit: NASA GSFC visualization by CI Labs Michael Lentz and others

 

VERITAS (Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography, and Spectroscopy)

Both missions are expected to launch between 2028 and 2030.

The selection announced yesterday beat out two other candidates, an Io Volcano Observer and TRIDENT that would have explored Triton.

VERITAS Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Life on Venus?

James Garvin, senior fellow & chief Scientist is the DAVINCI+ principal investigator at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He tells Inside Outer Space: “Mars is cool but Venus is way hotter.”

You might find my Scientific American story of last year of interest regarding these missions and Venus exploration:

“Is There Life on Venus? These Missions Could Find It – Following a tantalizing discovery, these spacecraft could be headed to Earth’s twisted twin in search of the truth” at:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-there-life-on-venus-these-missions-could-find-it/

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