Exploring Venus as a Terrestrial Planet


  • Randy Showstack


AGU's book, Exploring Venus as a Terrestrial Planet, edited by Larry W. Esposito, Ellen R. Stofan, and Thomas E. Cravens, focuses on how the study of Venus will aid in understanding the evolution of terrestrial and extrasolar planets. The book's 12 chapters include discussions on Venus's surface and interior processes, atmospheric circulation, chemistry, and aeronomy as well as on astrobiology and technological challenges.

In this interview, Eos talks with Esposito, professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences at the University of Colorado's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, in Boulder. Esposito has had a long interest in Venus, serving as coinvestigator for the NASA Pioneer Venus Orbiter's ultraviolet spectrograph from 1978 to 1993 and for the European Space Agency's Venus Express Venus Monitoring Camera since 2003, and as principal investigator for a NASA Venus Discovery mission study from 1993 to 1998.