Education & Public Outreach Overview

The European Space Agency (ESA)'s Venus Express Mission (VEX) has launched the first spacecraft to Venus since the 1986 Magellan encounter. In cooperation with the U.S. Scientific Team, Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) activities will complement ESA's Public Outreach efforts.

The Primary Goal of our joint E/PO program is to share the excitement of the new Venus data, images, and animations with the public. The various programs will compare Venus' atmospheric evolution with that of Earth. New Venus flyby data will also be returned by the MESSENGER Mission to Mercury, due to fly by Venus in June of 2007.

Opportunities for Amateur Astronomers

We invite amateurs to contact the Venus coordinator of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO) and submit their digital images in FITS format to us. The header must include the date and time when the image was taken, the filter used, location and the name of the observer. We plan to create a web-based form shortly to submit the data via the web. Please contact planets@ssec.wisc.edu for more information

The Venus Amateur Observing Project (VAOP) enables amateur astronomers to contribute scientifically useful images and data to complement Venus Express spacecraft observations. Participants include the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO) and the British Astronomical Association (BAA).

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Last Update: September 18, 2012