May 16, 2024

DLRmagazine: Little Venus in the middle of the Atlantic

Simulating a mission to Venus is no mean feat, but it is possible – to a certain extent. Venus-like conditions do not exist anywhere on Earth – temperatures at which lead melts, a toxic atmosphere heavy with clouds of sulphuric acid and an atmospheric pressure 90 times higher than here. However, an island in the North Atlantic comes close, mainly due to its volcanic origin – Iceland. This was the destination of an expedition in preparation for NASA's VERITAS mission to Earth's 'evil twin'.

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