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Three New Missions to Venus


Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach in collaboration with NASA’s Universe of Learning partners: Caltech/IPAC, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Video imagery: 

  • Venus: NASA/JPL-Caltech

  • Surface animation series: NASA/GSFC Conceptual Image Lab 

  • Clouds animation: NASA/GSFC

  • Venus: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Writer: Leah Ramsay
Designer: Leah Hustak, Joseph Olmsted
Science review: Dr. Emma Marcucci 
Education review: Jim Manning
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Planets, galaxies, moons, and nebulas
Venus as seen from space. Orange and white clouds cover the globe.
Text, JULY 1, 2021. MARINER MISSION. THREE NEW MISSIONS TO VENUS. Space agencies have announced three future missions to neighboring planet Venus.
Our intriguing neighbor has a size and mass similar to Earth, but has evolved to be super-hot with a thick, toxic atmosphere.
Was Venus ever Earth-like, with liquid water on its surface? How has its climate changed over time?
An animation of a volcano that spews smoke into the air. A sea bordered by rocky shores. An eruption spews lava and gases.
Text, NASA will lead two missions, DAVINCI plus and VERITAS, that will study the composition of Venus' atmosphere and surface.
An orange sky above a now-dormant volcano.
Text, The European Space Agency will lead the EnVision mission, which will include high-resolution radar mapping.
Orange and yellow clouds.
Text, Together, the trio of missions will provide the most comprehensive study ever of Earth's "sister" planet.
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Venus as seen from space