VeSpR to Study Venus

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    The VeSpR rocket will study Venus’ atmosphere for clues of a watery past.

     

    Just a week after launching a Mars obiter, NASA has now launched a sounding rocket to observe Venus.  The Venus Spectral Rocket, or VeSpR for short, took off from White Sands, NM.  Like NASA’s MAVEN mission, VeSpR will also be looking into atmospheric loss on Venus.  Though not as complex as the MAVEN mission, the rocket will collect data on the Venusian atmosphere once it clears our own atmosphere. These measurements will give clues about Venus’s water history.  Scientists believe Venus once had oceans worth of water.  VeSpR will observe Venus for only 8 minutes sending back real-time data before it returns back to Earth by parachute.