- Title: Scientists Identify Exploration Goals for Venus
- Author: Mohi Kumar
Venus is considered to be Earth’s sister planet. They are of similar size and have a similar composition. But Venus is not studied as much as the other planets. In order to learn more about our neighboring planet, NASA started the Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG). Their purpose is to identify scientific and mission goals for Venus.
In the reports released by VEXAG, some scientific goals listed include understanding the formation and evolution of Venus’ atmosphere, determine the surface and interior structure, and learn whether liquid water ever existed on the planet.
In addition to scientific goals, the reports also identify potential missions. These would include an orbiter with radar imaging capabilities to study the atmosphere and a short-duration lander to study the local geology.
The reports can be found on the VEXAG website.