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 yet of Venus’s atmosphere when the aptly named DAVINCI — or Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble Gases, Chemistry, and Imaging — mission drops a probe onto the planet’s surface.

When the DAVINCI mission’s 0.9-meter (3-foot) wide descent sphere makes its one-way parachute flight VenusSurface in the early 2030s, it will carry the VASI (Venus Atmospheric Structure Investigation) instrument along with five other instruments. VASI collects data on temperature, pressure and wind The Atmosphere of Venus as it makes its hellish descent and enters the planet’s crushing lower atmosphere.

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