Ten Mysteries of Venus
Source: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Published: February 7, 2022
Historical Date: October 20, 2021
The surface of Venus is completely inhospitable for life: barren, dry, crushed under an atmosphere about 90 times the pressure of Earth’s, and roasted by temperatures two times hotter than an oven.
But was it always that way? Could Venus once have been a twin of Earth – a habitable world with liquid water oceans? This is one of the many mysteries associated with our shrouded sister world.
Twenty-seven years have passed since NASA’s last mission to Venus – Magellan. We've learned a lot about Venus since then, but there are still lots of mysteries. NASA’s DAVINCI (Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging) mission will change that.