NASA has selected two new robotic missions to study Venus, the second planet in the solar system.
The two missions chosen were DAVINCI + and VERITAS.
“These two sister missions aim to understand how Venus has become a hellish world capable of melting lead on the surface. They will give the entire scientific community the opportunity to explore a planet we haven’t been to in more than 30 years,” NASA said.
DAVINCI+, scheduled for launch in 2029, will be the first U.S.-led mission into the atmosphere of Venus since 1978. The spacecraft will fly past Venus twice to take close-up pictures of the planet’s surface, then drop a robotic probe into its dense atmosphere to measure gases and other elements.
The second mission, VERITAS, is a probe scheduled to launch around 2028, shortly before DAVINCI+. It will orbit Venus and map its surface.