No.33-07, Paris, 20 November 2007
ESA to present the latest Venus Express results to the media
How has our knowledge of Venus evolved since ESAÂ’s Venus Express
spacecraft has been observing EarthÂ’s twin? To answer this question
and to present fresh new results concerning our cryptic neighbour, the
European Space Agency is inviting the media to attend a press
conference to be held at ESA Headquarters in Paris on 28 November.
The launch of Venus Express back in November 2005 represented a major
milestone in the exploration of Venus Â— a planet unvisited by any
dedicated spacecraft since the early 1990s.
One of the fundamental questions being addressed by the Venus Express
mission is why a world so similar to Earth in mass and size has
evolved so differently, to become the noxious and inhospitable planet
it is today.
Since it started its scientific observations in July 2006, Venus
Express has been making the most detailed study of the planetÂ’s thick
and complex atmosphere to date.
The latest findings not only highlight the features that make Venus
unique in the solar system but also provide fresh clues as to how the
planet is Â— despite everything Â— a more Earth-like planetary neighbour
than one could have imagined.
The results will appear in a special section of the 29 November issue
of the journal Nature containing nine individual papers devoted to
Venus Express science activities.
Media organisations interested in attending the press conference are
invited to register via the form attached below. Media that cannot
attend will have the opportunity to follow the press conference via
the following phone line: +33 1 58 99 57 42 (listening-mode only).
For more information
ESA Media Relations Office
Tel: +33 1 5369 7299
Fax: +33 1 5369 7690
Media event programme
Â‘Venus: a more Earth-like planetary neighbourÂ’
Latest results from Venus Express
28 November 2007, 15:00, room 137
ESA Headquarters, 8-10 rue Mario-Nikis, Paris
15:00 Introduction, by Håkan Svedhem, ESA Venus Express Project
15:07 Venus: What we knew before, by Fred Taylor, Venus Express
15:15 Temperatures in the atmosphere of Venus, by Jean-Loup Bertaux,
SPICAV Principal Investigator
15:25 The dynamic atmosphere of Venus, by Giuseppe Piccioni, VIRTIS
15:40 VenusÂ’s atmosphere and the solar wind, by Stas Barabash, ASPERA
15:50 Climate and evolution, by David Grinspoon, Venus Express
16:00 Conclusion, by Dmitri Titov, Venus Express Science Coordinator
and VMC scientist
16:05 Questions and Answers
16:25 Individual interviews
17:30 End of event