NASA to revisit Venus – the lost ‘habitable planet’June 4, 2021
NASA sets its sight again on Venus, hoping to find the answer why the once “habitable planet” has turned into a boiling and scorching ball.
In his first State of NASA address Wednesday, Administrator Bill Nelson announced the agency will return to Venus.
The US premier space agency, Nelson said, will be sending two robotic missions, VERITAS and DAVINCI+. VERITAS is the shorthand for Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography, and Spectroscopy. And DAVINCI+ is Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging) and Veritas.
“These two sister missions both aim to understand how Venus became an inferno-like world capable of melting lead at the surface,” Nelson said.
DAVINCI+ will plunge into the planet’s surface, measuring its chemical and physical properties. It will also attempt to analyze the Venusian cloud.
The other robot, VERITAS has to dig the geologic history of the planet and map out its surface.
PHOTO: NASA Administrator Bill Nelson talks to the agency’s workforce during his first State of NASA event Wednesday, June 2, 2021.. (Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)