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NASA Scientists Create Computer Chip That Could Endure Venus Conditions.

The Houston Chronicle (2/13, Ramirez) reports that in a new study published in AIP Advances, scientists from NASA’s Glenn Research Center detail a “breakthrough” that could enable a probe to transmit data from the hash environment of Venus for longer than previously possible. According to tests in a machine that mimicked Venus’ environment, the “super durable computer chip” could survive on Venus for weeks – far longer than the 56 minutes sustained by a Soviet space probe in 1985, the last time a spacecraft landed on the planet. The “100-fold increase in the sensitive electronic’s durability” achieved by the researchers “may make a Venus rover no longer a fantasy for scientists around the globe.”