NASA Announces Five New Discovery Projects

Posted: Oct 1 2015, 6:47am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 2 2015, 8:51am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

NASA Announces Five New Discovery Projects
Artist's concept of the Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography, and Spectroscopy (Veritas) spacecraft, a proposed mission for NASA's Discovery program. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
  • NASA chooses Five New Projects for the Future
  • NASA Announces Five New Planetary Missions for Discovery Program

NASA has chosen five new projects for the future. The novel missions that it will partake in will enhance its prestige in the eyes of the public.

Within the next 365 days or so, NASA will plan its five new missions which are currently under investigation. And by 2020, the missions will be selectively activated on an operational basis.

Among the projects may be included an exploration of the sweltering world that is the planet Venus. Besides this the objects found in space that are near our own planet will be scrutinized. A large number of asteroids will be studied to boot.

Each one of the teams of NASA experts will get $3 million to scrupulously investigate the design policies and analyze the issues at hand. By September of next year, NASA will have wrapped up the preliminaries of the projects.

After that it is take-off time for the various spacecrafts. A single project may incur as much as $500 million for it to be a success. This figure in dollars does not include many of the crucial processes involved in the missions.

The investigations will lead to a more thorough knowledge about our solar system and its multifarious functions within the context of the much larger universe.

"The selected investigations have the potential to reveal much about the formation of our solar system and its dynamic processes," said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

"Dynamic and exciting missions like these hold promise to unravel the mysteries of our solar system and inspire future generations of explorers. It's an incredible time for science, and NASA is leading the way."

Space is the final frontier and as far as NASA is concerned its progress as an agency of exploration will never end. The continuous appearance of new forms of knowledge and fresh vistas of experience is what inspires so many astronauts who form the rank and file of NASA.

NASA has received many proposals about different types of space missions. These include one titled DAVINCI. This exploration drive would study Venus and its fiery volcanoes that spout so much hot matter. Then there is VERITAS which would take high resolution photos of Venus’s surface and topography.

There is Psyche which is meant to study the core of the asteroid that goes by the same name.

Artist's concept of the Psyche spacecraft, a proposed mission for NASA's Discovery program that would conduct a direct exploration of an object thought to be a stripped planetary core. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

And further down the road comes NEOCam. This project is all about studying near earth objects in detail.

Artist's concept of the NEOCam spacecraft, a proposed mission for NASA's Discovery program that would conduct an extensive survey for potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroids. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Finally, last but not least, there is Lucy. A thorough examination of the Jupiter Trojan asteroids will be made for the sake of learning more about the formation and genesis of the solar system. That’s the provenance of the project titled Lucy.

These missions will broaden our horizon of knowledge and wisdom about the universe. And they will also lead to an expansion of the spectrum of mankind’s abilities regarding the phenomena that surround the earth.

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