Special Issue "The Search for Signs of Life on Venus: Science Objectives and Mission Designs"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2022) | Viewed by 69396
Interests: astrophysics observation; space instrumentation; space missions
Renewed interest in the long-standing possibility of life in the clouds of Venus has inspired us to study mission concepts to Venus via in situ probes. Remarkably, it has been nearly 40 years since the last in situ measurements. Russian Vega balloons and landers flew in 1985, and the US Pioneer Venus probes flew in 1978. The entire scientific field of astrobiology has sprung up in the interim. We now know how to ask questions we could not have formulated in the 1980s and have available advanced and miniaturized scientific instruments to answer these new questions. Although NASA and ESA will both be sending missions to Venus at the end of the 2020s, these missions do not study cloud particles in situ, yet are highly complementary to the astrobiologically focused efforts presented in this Special Issue. This Special Issue plans to give an overview on the astrobiological potential of Venus and provides selected contributions on mission concepts to study Venus clouds sponsored under the Venus Life Finder (VLF) Mission Study by MIT and Breakthrough Initiatives. The Special Issue also includes instrument descriptions and an overview of biological laboratory experiments aiming to guide the design of future astrobiological missions to Venus.
Potential topics include but are not limited to mission architecture, design, and operations for in situ and atmospheric sample return; flight systems description; aerial platform design and operations; science instruments payload and design; astrobiological potential of Venus clouds and mission science objectives; laboratory experiments in support of astrobiological exploration of Venus.
Prof. Dr. Sara Seager
Dr. Janusz J. Petkowski
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- planetary science
- space missions
- space instrumentation