National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has announced its two new robotic missions namely Davinci+ and Veritas, to Planet Venus to examine atmosphere and geological features.

Mission

Each of the missions of NASA’s have been awarded US$ 500 million funding. They will be launched in between 2028 and 2030. Missions would provide a chance to investigate the planet Venus that haven’t been provided in about 3 decades. Both missions were selected after a peer-review process. They were chosen on the basis of their potential scientific value and feasibility of their development plans. Both the missions will be launched with aim to understand, how Venus surface is capable of melting lead and how this planet became an inferno-like world.

Davinci+ Mission

Davinci+ stands for “Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging” mission. It will measure atmosphere of Venus to gain insight into how it formed and evolved. It also seeks to determine whether Venus ever had an ocean.

Veritas Mission

NASA’s Veritas mission is known as “Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography, and Spectroscopy”. It will map surface of Venus to understand its geologic history. It will also investigate how it developed differently than Earth. It will use a form of radar to investigate surface elevations and will discover if volcanoes and earthquakes are still happening.

Backdrop

Last probe to visit Planet Venus was Magellan orbiter in the year 1990, while other vessels have made fly-bys since then.

Venus

The 2nd planet from the sun and hottest planet of solar system and Its surface temperature is 500 degree Celsius which is hot enough to melt lead.

NASA announces 2 Robotic Missions to Venus NASA announces 2 Robotic Missions to Venus