May 29, 2023
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NASA’s Venus-bound instrument preparing to tackle its harsh atmosphere

NASA scientists are preparing to paint the most detailed picture yet of Venus’ atmosphere 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 DAVINCI mission’s 3-foot-wide (0.9 m) descent sphere makes the one-way parachute trip to Aphroditeto the surface in the early 2030s, it will carry the Venus Atmospheric Structure Investigation (VASI) instrument along with five other instruments. VASI will collect data on its temperature, pressure and winds The atmosphere of Venus as it makes its hellish descent into the planet’s overwhelming lower atmosphere.

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