New Venus Missions Of NASA

By Aman|Updated : June 4th, 2021

NASA has announced two new Venus Missions. It will examine the planet’s atmosphere and geological features.

Read this article to know all about the missions.                                      

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New Venus Missions Of NASA


  • NASA has announced two new Venus Missions. It will examine the planet’s atmosphere and geological features.
  • NASA is awarding approximately $500 million permission for development. The missions will be launched between 2028 and 2030.

Two new Venus Missions


Davinci+ Venus Mission:

  • Davinci+ stands for Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging.
  • Aim of the mission: The mission will measure the planet’s atmosphere to gain insight into how it formed and evolved. It will also aim to determine whether Venus ever had an ocean and was possibly habitable.
  • Significance: This would be the first U.S.-led mission to Venus’ atmosphere since 1978. The results from the mission could reshape our understanding of terrestrial planet formation in our solar system and beyond.

VERITAS Mission:

  • VERITAS stands for Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography, and Spectroscopy.
  • VERITAS will map Venus’ surface to determine the planet’s geologic history and understand why it developed so differently than Earth.
  • Orbiting Venus with a synthetic aperture radar, VERITAS will chart surface elevations over nearly the entire planet to create 3D reconstructions of topography and confirm whether processes such as plate tectonics and volcanism are still active on Venus.
  • VERITAS also will map infrared emissions from Venus’ surface to map its rock type, which is largely unknown, and determine whether active volcanoes are releasing water vapor into the atmosphere. Suzanne Smrekar of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, is the principal investigator. JPL provides project management.
  • The German Aerospace Center will provide the infrared mapper with the Italian Space Agency and France’s Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales contributing to the radar and other parts of the mission.

Earlier Venus Missions:

  • The U.S. and the former Soviet Union sent multiple spacecraft to Venus in the early days of space exploration. NASA’s Mariner 2 performed the first successful flyby in 1962, and the Soviets’ Venera 7 made the first successful landing in 1970.
  • In 1989, NASA used a space shuttle to send its Magellan spacecraft into orbit around Venus.
  • The European Space Agency put a spacecraft around Venus in 2006.

Indian mission:

  1. Shukrayaan-1 is a proposed mission of the ISRO to Venus.
  2. Aim: to study the surface and atmosphere of Venus.
  3. to be launched in 2023.



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