Mexico.-Despite the great enthusiasm for NASA’s mission to Venus, the Space Agency has revealed that it was delayed due to lack of personnel.
According to information, NASA’s mission to Venus has been delayed at least three years, until 2031 of the VERITAS mission to the planet.
Reports indicate that the main reason for delaying the mission to Venus was a lack of personnel at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography and Spectroscopy, better known as VERITAS, was the mission presented as NASA’s return to Venus after 30 years.
This mission was designed to search for water and volcanic activity on Venus and in 2021 was selected as one of two proposals; being the other DAVINCI which was scheduled at the beginning of the decade.
NASA has announced that the mission to Venus, VERITAS, has been delayed despite the fact that it was expected to have collaboration from other agencies such as:
- The Italian Space Agency
- The German Aerospace Center
- The French Space Agency
And VERITAS, bound for VENUS, was expected to launch in 2027 and would allow staff to complete mission development going forward.
Among them was the Psyche mission, which was also delayed by at least a year, in mid-October 2023 due to excessive workload.
This mission, unlike VERITAS to Venus, was planned to a metal-rich asteroid of the same name.
Following the cancellation of the mission to Venus, NASA will now work closely with JPL in the coming months to address what was revealed in the report.
The results are expected to be evaluated in the spring of 2023, which will determine the future of future missions, such as the VERITAS and DAVINCI to Venus.
By Mariana GutierrezNASA
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