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A NASA instrument linked to Venus prepares to face the harsh atmosphere

NASA scientists prepare to paint the most detailed picture yet of Venus’ atmosphere when the aptly named DAVINCI mission – or Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble Gases, Chemistry, and Imaging – drops a probe to the surface of the planet.

As the DAVINCI mission’s 3-foot-wide (0.9 meter) descent sphere makes its one-way parachute trip to Venus‘ surface in the early 2030s, it will carry the Venus Atmospheric Structure Investigation (VASI) instrument along with five other instruments. VASI will collect data regarding the temperature, pressure and winds of Atmosphere of Venus as he makes his hellish descent and enters the planet’s crushing lower atmosphere.

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