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February 10-16, 2020 / Vol 39, No 6 / Hawai`i Island, USA

7 Feb 2020, 20:36 UTC
February 10-16, 2020 / Vol 39, No 6 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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CNES EnVision Mission to Venus Conference Opens in Paris

The first international conference on the EnVision mission to Venus will be held in Paris at CNES headquarters February 12-14. EnVision is a proposed orbiter with a mission of understanding the planet’s mysterious geological activity. The conference begins Feb 11 with a welcoming reception at the historic Paris Observatory. Venus is Earth’s nearest and most similar planetary neighbor. The planet’s high average temperature of 462 degrees C is thought to be due to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, though very recent evidence reveals that Venus has active volcanoes. EnVision is expected to launch on an Ariane 6.2 booster in 2032 for a 5-month journey to Venus orbit. The orbiter will carry 5 main instruments: an S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar, a Subsurface Radar Sounder, and three spectrometers. A radio science experiment will investigate the Venus gravity field. EnVision would be the first ESA mission to the planet since Venus Express of 2006-2014. The Japan ‘Akatsuki’ Venus Climate Orbiter has been in operation since 2015. NASA is studying a CubeSat Ultraviolet Experiment to study the atmosphere, and the Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry and Imaging (DAVINCI) concept for a probe ...

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