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In Today’s Deep Space Extra

3 Jun 2021, 14:08 UTC
In Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA announced it is going to Venus. The agency plotted out its exploration and science goals yesterday at a State of NASA address.

Space Science

NASA selects two Venus missions for Discovery program
Coalition Member in the News – Lockheed Martin
SpaceNews.com (6/2): DAVINCI+ and VERITAS are two planetary science missions to Venus announced by NASA Administrator Bill Nelson on Wednesday. Part of NASA’s Discovery program, the spacecraft are expected to launch in the 2028-2030 timeframe and are the first missions the agency will send to Venus in over 30 years. DAVINCI+, or Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging will study the atmosphere to measure elements that can provide information on how Venus’ runaway greenhouse effect developed. VERITAS, or Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography and Spectroscopy will map Venus’ surface to determine the planet’s geologic history and understand why it developed so differently than Earth. Lockheed Martin will build the spacecraft for both missions.
Satellites may have been underestimating the planet’s warming for decades
Space.com (6/2): A reassessment of satellite data by a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researcher suggests that past data has underestimated the effects of climate ...

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