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A NASA instrument bound to Venus prepares to brave the harsh atmosphere

A NASA instrument bound to Venus prepares to brave the harsh atmosphere

NASA scientists are preparing to paint the most detailed picture of Venus’ atmosphere yet when the aptly named DAVINCI — or Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble Gases, Chemistry, and Imaging — mission drops a probe on the planet’s surface.

When the 3-foot-wide (0.9-meter) DAVINCI mission descent sphere embarks on a one-way parachute journey to Venus‘ on the surface in the early 2030s, it will carry the VASI (Venus Atmospheric Structure Investigation) instrument along with five other instruments. VASI will collect data on temperature, pressure and winds Venus’s atmosphere as it descends inferno into the planet’s devastating lower atmosphere.





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