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Rocket to Peek at Atmosphere of Venus

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Sounding Rocket to Peek at Atmosphere of Venus

A week after launching a new orbiter to investigate the upper atmosphere of Mars, NASA is sending a sounding rocket to probe the atmosphere of Venus.

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Nov. 18. Now, the Venus Spectral Rocket, VeSpR for short, is scheduled to lift off from White Sands, N.M., on Nov. 25.

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UPDATE:

Nov. 27, 2013

The Venus Spectral Rocket Experiment (VeSpR, PI John Clarke, Boston U.) launched successfully today from White Sand Missile Range. VeSpR will study the present day escape of water from the atmosphere of Venus and relate it to the past abundance of water on Venus by measuring hydrogen (H) and the heavier, slower to escape, deuterated hydrogen (D) above 90 km on Venus.

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