Is there life beyond Earth? No one knows. Then how do we find it?
Scientists at NASA are working hard to find us an answer to this cosmic question.
Earth’s planetary neighbour and the second planet from the Sun, Venus, has always been considered inhospitable. However, it is named the Earth’s twin because it resembles Earth in size and surface composition.
However, Venus’ atmosphere is quite different from the Earth. It is also the hottest planet in the solar system.
Recently, NASA announced two missions to explore Venus. The missions will be launched between 2028 and 2030.
Let’s find out more about these missions:
The first mission is called the DAVINCI+ mission.
- It stands for Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry and Imaging.
- It will study Venus’ atmosphere
VERITAS is the name of the second mission.
- VERITAS stands for Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography and Spectroscopy.
- It will study Venusian geology.
The primary aim of these missions is to understand how the planet formed and why it developed so differently from Earth.
If these two sister missions go well, we will probably know how Venus got so hot despite being in the Goldilocks Zone.