From Cleveland.com (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
I suspect this has been going on for a while, but it was a good tie-in to the Venus transit.
The test chamber can also be used to test components in other extreme environments.If scientists are to understand how and why Earth and Venus diverged, and what other mysteries the planet named for the Roman goddess of love might hold, they'll need to develop more robust landing craft and sensors that can withstand Venus's punishing conditions.
That work is under way at the Glenn center, which has a long history of designing and testing equipment for extreme environments, from the components of jet engines to the guts of rocket motors.
This fall, the center will activate a new, one-of-a-kind simulation chamber capable of mimicking Venus's brutal temperatures, squashing pressures and harsh atmospheric stew. Glenn engineers also are making headway on a power system that could keep vital electronics on a Venus lander cool, and on a heat-tolerant seismometer to measure and transmit information about Venusian quakes.