NASA hasn’t sent a mission to Venus since 1989 and more recent European and Japanese orbiters have made halting progress that stops largely at the planet’s thick sulfur clouds. No craft has touched down since 1985 when the last of a series of advanced Soviet landers clad in armored pressure vessels endured a couple hours before succumbing to the deep-ocean pressure and furnace-like temperature of the planet’s surface.

Science Magazine shows us how new research suggests that silicon carbide transistors could let landers survive for months rather than hours in the immense pressure and heat of Venus’ surface.