Europlanet Science Congress 2022
Palacio de Congresos de Granada, Spain
18 – 23 September 2022
Europlanet Science Congress 2022
Palacio de Congresos de Granada, Spain
18 September – 23 September 2022

TP2

Paving the way to the decade of Venus
Convener: Anne Grete Straume-Lindner | Co-conveners: Gabriella Gilli, Moa Persson

In June 2021, NASA and ESA selected a fleet of three international missions to Venus. Many fundamental questions remain regarding Venus of today, from the rate of current and past rates of volcanism, to the dominant form of tectonics over time, to the nature of atmospheric and surface processes and whether these are representative of the long-term evolution of the Earth's size planet, suggesting major gaps in our understanding of how our nearest planet's evolutionary pathway diverged from Earth's. Did Venus ever have an ocean, how and when did greenhouse conditions develop, how its internal structure compares to Earth's, and to what degree do geological activity still affect the surface and atmosphere today? These questions will begin to be addressed with the recent selection of the VERITAS, DAVINCI, and EnVision missions, in addition to the ISRO orbiter mission Shukrayyan-1, which is currently in preparation for launch in the mid 2020s. The session will address in particular how these new missions will better understand Venus’ early evolution and past and present habitability.