The culmination of the last 5 years of intense study phase: the EnVision Definition Study Report, written by the EnVision Science Study Team and the EnVision ESA Study Team, with support from respecting funding agencies in the ESA member states and NASA, and contributions by the competing industrial prime contractor teams, is now a public document available for download from the ESA website.
With its formal adoption by ESA Science Program Committee on January 25, 2024, EnVision is one step closer to its launch in 2031! The mission will reveal how volcanoes, tectonics processes and impacts have shaped the Venusian surface, and how geologically active the planet is today. The mission will also investigate Venus’ rapidly varying atmosphere, the structure and thickness of Venus’s core, mantle and crust.
Many thanks to the international EnVision Science Study Team and to the EnVision ESA Study Team for the great cooperation during the Phase A/B1 studies leading to this exciting summary on the EnVision science case, and on how we intend to implement the mission. Go EnVision!
Dr. Anne Grete Straume, EnVision Study Scientist and Science Study Team co-chair
Dr. Mitchell D. Schulte, EnVision Program Scientist and Science Study Team co-chair
Dr. Thomas Widemann, EnVision Definition Study Report co-lead Editor
Dr. Walter S. Kiefer, EnVision Definition Study Report co-lead Editor