ESA Bulletin 135: Exploring Venus - Answering the Big Questions with Venus Express
19 August 2008The August 2008 issue of ESA's flagship magazine, the ESA Bulletin, features an article presenting some of the most important science results from Venus Express - results which could answer some of the greatest mysteries about our nearest planetary neighbour.
In the article, "Exploring Venus - Answering the Big Questions with Venus Express", Håkan Svedhem, Olivier Witasse and Dmitry Titov present some scientific highlights of the mission based on the first two years of scientific operations.
When Venus Express arrived at Venus in April 2006 it was following in the footsteps of more than 25 spacecraft. In spite of all of this attention many questions about the nature of the planet remained unanswered. One of the most important questions is "why has Venus, which is so similar in some aspects to Earth, evolved in such a dramatically different way?" The authors describe how the past two years of observations with Venus Express address this question by providing important measurements and insight into a number of aspects of this planet, including:
Further details of these results from Venus Express are available in the ESA Bulletin 135.