NASA’s VERITAS mission delays hit Venus exploration

Delays to the first of three missions making the long-awaited return to the scorching planet Venus, which scientists say hasn’t had enough robotic visitors in recent decades, could affect the other two missions to explore our planet. neighboring planet.

Late last year, NASA pushed the VERITAS (or Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography and Spectroscopy mission), initially scheduled to fly in 2027 to inaugurate the “Decade of Venus“, at the earliest in 2031. However, the White House’s 2024 budget proposal for NASA, announced in March 2023, maintains mission funding for VERITAS at only $1.5 million per year for the near future. , placing the mission in a “freezer.” Due to NASA’s decision to use much of the funding that supported the project’s engineering operations for other missions facing cost overruns, much of the work on the VERITAS mission is now stalled. indefinite period disbanded the mission’s engineering wing, and scientists are now concerned about its impact on two other Venus-related missions.

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