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Through the shell of hell: The DAVINCI+ mission is to explore the hot, sulfuric acid atmosphere of Venus – both from an orbit and with a one-meter-long immersion probe (right). This will sink through the dense carbon dioxide atmosphere for about an hour and analyze its composition with unprecedented precision – in the lower layers even every 100 meters. During the last few kilometers, she is supposed to take high-resolution photos of the Alpha Regio highlands in free fall. The orbiting satellite will also use infrared cameras to map the mineralogical composition of the surface.
© Illustration: NASA, GSFC, CI Labs Michael Lentz and others

Three space probes will soon solve the mysteries of Venus. A new study suggests our neighboring world is still volcanically active today.


Venus is often referred to as Earth's sister because of its similar size and dense atmosphere over rocky ground. It was the first target of interplanetary space probes: in 1961 by the Soviet Venera1 mission and in 1962 by the American Mariner2. Engineers and scientists in the Soviet Union in particular achieved spectacular successes with orbiters and eight landings between 1970 and 1983. Venera13 braved the hellish conditions the longest, submitting on October 30th

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