Venus is hotter than ever, with a third new robotic explorer on the horizon.
A week after NASA announced two new assignments to our nearest neighbor, the European Space Agency said Thursday it will establish a Venus-orbiting spacecraft in the early 2030s. Named EnVision, the orbiter will attempt to explain why Venus is indeed”wildly different” from Earth, though both planets are similar in size and makeup.
NASA will provide EnVision’s radar.
NASA’s own pair of forthcoming assignments to our solar system‘s hottest planet–called DaVinci Plus and Veritas–will be the first to the U.S. in more than 30 years. They’ll blast off sometime round 2028 to 2030.
“It’s a Venus hat trick!” Tweeted NASA’s best science chief, Thomas Zurbuchen.
The Europeans have seen more recently, using their Venus Express in activity around the hothouse world until 2014. Japan has had an orbiter around Venus because 2015 to study the climate.
It’s a forbidding place: the thick carbon-dioxide air is home to sulfuric acid clouds.
“A new era in the exploration of our closest, yet wildly different, solar system neighbour awaits us,” the European Space Agency’s science director, Gunther Hasinger, said in a statement.
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