The secrets of Venus have fascinated scientists, especially after discovering what is believed to be evidence of phosphine in your clouds. although interrogated, this discovery opens the door to the theory of the existence of microorganisms on the planet. NASA has now announced that it has selected two new official missions to Venus as part of the Discovery program.
As well as The Missions of VERITAS and DAVINCI + They were previously selected by the US authorities in 2020 to advance into the investigation phase. All official missions will receive a budget of 500 million US dollars for their development according to a new selection process, taking into account the concepts submitted by the researchers, and are scheduled to launch into space between 2028 and 2030.
NASA presents that Mission Veritas (or “Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography, Spectroscopy”) was designed to map the surface of Venus to determine its geological past, understand why it is so different from that Earth evolved, and to learn more about active geological processes on the planet.
me and Mission DAVINCI + (or Venus Deep Atmosphere Noble Gases, Chemistry, and Imaging Study) focuses on the atmosphere of Venus and aims to verify that the planet contains oceans.
“We are accelerating our planetary science program by comprehensively exploring a planet that NASA has not visited for more than 30 years,” emphasizes Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s director of science. detail it NASA missions will use advanced technology to understand how Venus evolved over time.
“It’s surprising how little we know about Venus, but the combined results of these missions will tell us more about the planet: from clouds in its sky to volcanoes on the surface, through its core,” says Tom Wagner, scientist at the NASA’s exploration program. .
Portuguese researchers are also looking at Venus to understand how everything is spinning very quickly in the clouds on this slowly rotating planet with devastating winds.