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10 upcoming deep space missions that get us excited about the future

10 upcoming deep space missions that get us excited about the future

An artist’s impression of Veritas in orbit around Venus.
picture: NASA/JPL-Caltech

There are at least three missions to Venus underway: Veritas, DaVinci, and Envision. We have neglected Venus as a science target, but these missions should right that wrong.

There is no release date for NASA Truth, honestyBut this probe will study our evil twin from orbit to find out why it is so inhospitable to life despite being so similar to Earth in size and composition.

Conceptual image of the DAVINCI probe prior to its parachute-assisted descent to the surface of Venus.

Conceptual image of the DAVINCI probe prior to its parachute-assisted descent to the surface of Venus.
picture: Visualization of the NASA GSFC by CI Laboratories Michael Lentz et al

Unlike Veritas, the 3-foot (1 meter) wide NASA DAVINCI probe will plunge into Descent performance for one hour through Venus’ thick atmosphere, which it will in 2031. Once DAVINCI begins its descent, “the parachute, which was designed to survive Venus’s harsh environment, will be deployed to slow it down,” according to NASA. Explain. “After the probe has traveled halfway to the surface, the parachute will be thrown off; at this point, Venus’s atmosphere becomes so thick, 90 times thicker than Earth’s, that the probe naturally slows down, settling like a stone in water.” DAVINCI is expected to live a long time on the surface, where temperatures can reach 900 degrees Fahrenheit.

Like VERITAS and ESA visualization probe will settle down In orbit around Venus, where it will stay for 4 years of its mission. The main objective of the project, carried out in partnership with NASA, is to study the interactions between the surface and the atmosphere, which exhibit high levels of reactivity.

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