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Is there Oxygen on Venus? NASA’s DAVINCI Mission to find out

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The DAVINCI Mission will carry a button-sized sensor to measure oxygen in Venus’ atmosphere.

US: The DAVINCI Mission is on course to study Venus, the second planet from Sun, in 2029 to understand its chemical composition and whether humans can inhabit it. A new paper details this daring mission, which will study Venus in unparalleled detail from near the top of the clouds to the planet’s surface.

The Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging (DAVINCI) mission of American space agency NASA will plunge through Venus’ atmosphere and ingest atmospheric gases at various altitudes before landing.

DAVINCI will be the first mission to Venus to incorporate science-driven fly-bys and an instrumented descent sphere into a unified architecture, according to the new paper. It has been designed to act as a flying analytical chemistry laboratory and will analyse Venus’ temperature, atmosphere and also click a few photos of its trip.

Last year, NASA selected the DAVINCI Mission as part of its Discovery programme. It is tentatively scheduled to launch June 2029 and enter the Venus’ atmosphere in June 2031. Venus is often called the Earth’s twin because it is similar in size and density. The two planets may have started off similarly, but there are vast differences between them now.

A mission to Venus will help scientists understand the Earth better. Venus has very high temperature (471 degrees Celsius) with a carbon-rich atmosphere that traps the heat the same way greenhouse gases do on Earth. – NDTV

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 – 01:00

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