The Future Exploration Of Venus

By Keith Cowing
Status Report
April 12, 2024
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The Future Exploration Of Venus
Zonally-averaged distribution of the gas-phase (A) and liquid phase (C) of H2O and the gas-phase (B) and liquid phase (D) of H2SO4 obtained with the IPSL Venus PCM (Stolzenbach et al., 2023). The outputs of the model are available online through the Venus Climate Database (VCD), see, where a climatology with mean values and spatial and temporal variability of many dynamics and chemical fields of the Venusian atmosphere from the surface to the exosphere, validated against available observations, is provided from the latest version on the model (Martinez et al., 2023). Adapted from (Stolzenbach et al., 2023). — astro-ph.EP

After decades of relative neglect, interest in Venus surges anew in the planetary science community and the public.

New missions are planned and selected, and will pave the way to the decade of Venus, as new observations allow us to uncover some of the many mysteries our closest Solar System neighbor still harbors. Building on the legacy of past works, here, we discuss the state of our understanding of Venus, from both observation and modeling.

We describe each of the envelopes of the planet, from its atmosphere to its interior with an eye for the most recent advances and current topics of interest. We then briefly discuss coupled modelling efforts to better constrain the evolution of the planet.

Finally, we describe how the upcoming missions and concepts will further lift the veil on Venus’ secrets.

Cedric Gillmann, Giada N. Arney, Guillaume Avice, M. D. Dyar, Gregor J. Golabek, Anna J. P. Gulcher, Natasha M. Johnson, Maxence Lefevre, Thomas Widemann

Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as: arXiv:2404.07669 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:2404.07669v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Cedric Gillmann
[v1] Thu, 11 Apr 2024 12:02:18 UTC (8,806 KB)

Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA Space Station Payload manager/space biologist, Away Teams, Journalist, Lapsed climber, Synaesthete, Na’Vi-Jedi-Freman-Buddhist-mix, ASL, Devon Island and Everest Base Camp veteran, (he/him) 🖖🏻