NASA plans two new missions to Venus, its first in decades

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(Adds dropped word Deep in second paragraph, corrects fourth paragraph to show mission consists of fly-by spacecraft not orbiter) By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -NASA on Wednesday announced plans to launch two new scientific missions to Venus between 2028 and 2030 – its first in decades – to study the atmosphere and geologic features of Earth’s so-called sister planet. The U.S. space agency said it was awarding about $500 million for development of each of the two missions, dubbed DAVINCI+ (short for Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble Gases, Chemistry and Imaging) and VERITAS …

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