The first U.S. mission to Venus in more than three decades, VERITAS will study Earth's sister planet from crust to core.
VERITAS is an acronym for "Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography, and Spectroscopy." The word veritas means “truth” in Latin, and the mission will reveal the truth of how Venus’ and Earth’s paths diverged. Led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the mission will help scientists understand how Venus became an inhospitable inferno, while Earth evolved to become home to an abundance of life.
VERITAS will unlock the secrets of Venus’ surface and interior evolution by searching for evidence of past and present water, providing an inventory of current and recent volcanic and surface activity, and answering critical questions about the evolution of rocky planets.