The US space agency (NASA) has chosen two new missions to reveal the secrets of Earth’s twin planet, Venus, according to the American news website Axios.
This is the first time the space agency has sent dedicated missions to the cloud-shrouded planet in more than 30 years.
The agency announced today, Wednesday, that it plans to launch the “Da Vinci +” and “Veritas” missions to Venus between 2028 and 2030.
Da Vinci+ is designed to learn about the composition of the planet’s thick atmosphere to assess how it has changed over time and whether there were oceans on the planet before.
The spacecraft will also descend a probe into the planet’s atmosphere to collect data on why the world’s runaway global warming phenomenon is set in motion.
On the other hand, the “Veritas” mission is expected to use a special type of radar imaging device to look through the planet’s clouds and detail a map of the surface of Venus to confirm whether the planet contains active tectonic plates or volcanic activity.