NASA’s Venus-bound instrument prepares to brave the harsh atmosphere

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

As the DAVINCI mission’s 0.9-meter (3-foot) wide drop sphere makes its parachute journey from Venus‘ in the early 2030s, it will carry the VASI (Venus Atmospheric Structure Investigation) instrument along with five other instruments. VASI will collect data on the temperature, pressure and winds of venus atmosphere as it makes its hellish descent and enters the crushing lower atmosphere of the planet.

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