NASA's Da Vinci Plus and Veritas probes to Venus

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NASA's Da Vinci Plus and Veritas probes to Venus

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These will be the first Venus probes that NASA will send since the last one was sent decades ago. The new probes, set to launch around 2028 and 2030, will study the Venusian atmosphere and geological features and find out how the planet became an "inferno world", where lead would melt on its surface.
"It's astounding how little we know about Venus," said NASA scientist Tom Wagner. "It will be as if we have rediscovered the planet."
Da Vinci Plus ( Deep Atmosphere Venus Investgation of Noble Gases, Chemistry and Imaging) will make two fly-by passes and analyse the planet's dense, toxic atmosphere to find out if it once had oceans and was habitable and how it evolved. A spherical probe will then be released to descend through the atmosphere and measure the gases.
The second mission, Veritas ( Venus Emissitivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography and Spectography ) will map the planet's surface to discover its geological history. The surface may be comparable to Earth's continents, indicating that Venus had tectonic plates.
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