Nasa chief Bill Nelson announced Two New missions to venus

Nasa chief Bill Nelson announced Two New missions to venus. The space agency has announced it will send two missions to the planet to study its atmosphere and geological features. Bill Nelson, a NASA Administrator, said the new missions offer the opportunity to explore a planet we haven't visited in more than 30 years. The two missions are scheduled to launch in 2028 and 2030. 

Nasa chief Bill Nelson announced Two New missions to venus

Bill Nelson announced Two New missions to venus
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The last US spacecraft to visit the planet was the Magellan orbiter in 1990. Since then, other spacecraft from Europe and Japan have orbited Venus. 

The missions were selected following a peer review process and selected on the basis of their potential scientific value and the feasibility of their development plans. Venus is the second planet from the Sun and the hottest planet in the solar system, with a surface temperature of 500 ° C high enough to melt lead. The new missions aim to understand how Venus became an inferno-like world capable of melting lead on the surface, Nelson said. 

The Davinci Deep Atmosphere and Venus Investigations and Noble Gas Chemistry Imaging Mission will measure the planet's atmosphere to gain insights into its formation and evolution. The mission also aims to determine whether Venus has an ocean. The probe is also expected to provide the first high-resolution images of the planets, a geological feature. Scientists believe the tectonic plates are comparable to continents on Earth and suggest the planet could have plate tectonics. 

The second mission Veritas Venus Emissivity and Radio Science (INSAR) and topography and spectroscopy will map the surface of Venus to better understand the geological history of the planet and how it evolved from Earth. It's amazing how little we know about Venus, and the combined results of these missions will tell us more about the planet's clouds, skies, volcanoes, planet's surface and all the way to its core, says Tom Wagner of NASA's Planetary Science Division. The two missions will use some kind of radar to map surface elevations and find out where volcanoes and earthquakes happen.

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