Mars who? Hot on his heels go ahead with your own mission, called EnVision., the European Space Agency is getting on board the Venus train giving the
Earth and Venus have been called twins, but Earth became an aquatic world conducive to life, while Venus became the hell of a planet with clouds of sulfuric acid. EnVision will provide “a holistic view of the planet from its inner core to the upper atmosphere to determine how and why Venus and Earth evolved so differently.”
ESA does not do it alone. NASA wants to be a collaborator and provide a radar instrument called Vensar to make high-resolution measurements of the planet’s surface. EnVision will also monitor atmospheric gases, analyze surface composition, and look for signs of active volcanoes.
The atmosphere of Venus is a particularly intriguing study target after a– which sometimes has a biological origin – can be present in the planet’s clouds. , it even paused to take some action in late 2020. Researchers wonder if Venus was ever habitable, or might even harbor some form of microbial life now.
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NASA’s own Veritas and Davinci + missions are targeting a 2028-2030 launch, while ESA is looking to the early 2030s for EnVision to take off. The next step in development is to finalize the designs for the spacecraft and its science instruments.
“Along with the recently announced NASA-led Venus missions, we will have an extremely comprehensive science program on this enigmatic planet well into the next decade.” said ESA science director Günther Hasinger in a statement Thursday.
Not only NASA and ESA are involved in the action of Venus. The Japanese Space Agency, JAXA, has. It is designed to study the atmosphere of Venus and was launched in 2010.
Mars need not worry. There is a lot of planetary love for everyone.
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