What Do We Hope To Learn By Sending New Probes To Venus?

What Do We Hope To Learn By Sending New Probes To Venus?

NASA’s latest batch of discovery missions was VERITAS and DAVINCI+ both of which are targeted for Venus. NASA hasn’t sent a spacecraft there since 1989. And by the time these launch it’ll be close to 4 decades since NASA has seriously studied Earth’s nearest planetary neighbour.

DAVINCI+ is built around a single atmosphere probe which will allow more photography of the Venusian surface than has been captured by all the missions to Venus so far. The mass spectrometer and other instruments will analyze the atmosphere on the way down and look for chemical clues as to the planet’s history. As well as keeping an eye out for phosphine which may indicated some complex chemical processes in the atmosphere.

VERITAS brings a new level of mapping capability, allowing the surface to be captures with 100 times the detail previously generated by Magellan

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