Nasa has made an announcement for two missions that will examine Venus for first time in over 30 years.
Venus was visited last by Nasa’s Voyager 2 spacecraft in the year 1989 that passed by the planet as well as its several moons, as per a New York Times report. Bill nelson, Nasa administrator announced yesterday that the upcoming two new missions will be conducted by DAVINCI+ and VERITAS spacecraft.
The two missions will likely take place later this decade, as per nelson, though an exact date isn’t known yet.
Venus, as per NYT, had certain similarity to Earth when it comes to their history.
Our planet Earth became hospitable to life while Venus turned out to be a massive 900° Fahrenheit planet having an atmosphere that has high levels of carbon dioxide. Venus has returned to the limelight again of late mainly because of new indications of life found on it.
What exactly these signs are isn’t known yet, but regardless, Nasa feels that the time to prioritize Venus again has arrived.
Notably, the study may help learn how Venus was formed, how the atmosphere surrounding it was created, if water was ever present on the planet and whether there were oceans on Venus, reports NYT.