For the first time since 1990 NASA schedules their first missions to Venus

NASA has announced that they plan to launch two missions to Venus between 2028 and 2030.

The last time there was a mission to Venus was all the way back in 1990. The two new missions, named the Davinci+ (Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging) and the Veritas (Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography, and Spectroscopy), hope to help us gain a better understanding of conditions on the hottest planet in our solar system where temperatures average 500℃.

Tom Wagner from NASA’s Planetary Science Division told BBC, “It is astounding how little we know about Venus, but the combined results of these missions will tell us about the planet from the clouds in the sky through the volcanoes on its surface all the way down to its very core.”

The missions will offer images of the planet’s geographic makeup and insights into its geologic features like tectonic plates, volcanoes, and earthquakes.

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