The mysteries of Venus are interesting to scientists, especially after that Finding what is believed to be the source of phosphine in your clouds. Although Is questionable, Opens the door to the theory of the existence of microorganisms on the planet of discovery. Now, NASA has announced that it has selected two new official missions to Venus under the Discovery program.
As Veritas and Da Vinci + trips They were previously selected by a U.S. company in 2020 to advance to the trial stage. After a new selection process, taking into account the ideas put forward by the researchers, each of the official missions will receive a budget of $ 500 million for their development and is expected to be launched into space between 2028 and 2030.
NASA is advancing Veridas work (Or “Venus Emissions, Radio Science, Insight, Topography and Spectroscopy”) The surface of Venus is designed to determine its geographical past, to understand why it evolved differently from Earth, and to visualize what are the active geological processes on the planet. .
Me Da Vinci + work (Or Deep Atmospheric Venus Noble Gases, Chemistry and Imaging) focuses on the atmosphere of Venus and aims to verify that the planet once had oceans.
“We are accelerating our planetary science program with intensive exploration of a planet that has not been visited by NASA for more than 30 years,” said Thomas Surbuchen, director of science at the U.S. agency. Describing it NASA missions will use advanced technology to understand how Venus evolved over time.
“It’s amazing how little we know about Venus, but the combined results of these missions tell us more about the planet: from clouds in its sky to volcanoes on the surface, through its core,” says Tom Wagner, NASA’s discovery project scientist.
Portuguese researchers are also investigating Venus to understand how everything on this planet, which rotates slowly with catastrophic winds, rotates rapidly at cloud level.