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CAAUL Researchers: David Luz, Pedro Machado
Work Group: Stars and Planets


Venus should be the most Earth-like planet we know : they have almost the same size, they were formed at the same time, with the same ingredients, at almost the same location in the solar system. Yet Venus has ended up with an extreme climate. Failing to understand why two almost twin planets had such different destiny means we will neither fully understand the conditions in which life appeared on Earth, nor apprehend the long-term evolution of our own climate.

The planetary science community needs to understand how atmospheres function and how they change over time. The project will focus on winds, chemistry, clouds/hazes and temperature structure of Venus. Like climate studies or ocean current on Earth, we rely on long series of inter-calibrated measurements. We achieve our goals by analyzing observations from European Space Agency's Venus Express mission in combination with observations from large telescopes on Earth.

Six European research laboratories and their teams of planetary scientists are involved : in Brussels (Belgium Institute for Space Aeronomy), Cologne (Rhenish Institute for Environmental Research, University of Cologne, Germany), Lisbon (Faculty of Sciences and Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Lisbon, Portugal), University of Oxford (England, United Kingdom), Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur with CNRS in Nice (France), and Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France).

The EuroVenus project is funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2007-2013).


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