A dynamic upper atmosphere of Venus as revealed by VIRTIS on Venus Express

  title={A dynamic upper atmosphere of Venus as revealed by VIRTIS on Venus Express},
  author={P. Drossart and G. Piccioni and J. Gerard and M. Lopez-Valverde and A. S{\'a}nchez-Lavega and L. Zasova and R. Hueso and F. W. Taylor and B. B'ezard and A. Adriani and F. Angrilli and G. Arnold and K. Baines and G. Bellucci and J. Benkhoff and J. Bibring and A. Blanco and M. Blecka and R. Carlson and A. Coradini and A. D. Lellis and T. Encrenaz and S. Erard and S. Fonti and V. Formisano and T. Fouchet and R. Garc{\'i}a and R. Haus and J. Helbert and N. Ignatiev and P. Irwin and Y. Langevin and S. Lebonnois and D. Luz and L. Marinangeli and V. Orofino and A. Rodin and M. Roos-Serote and B. Saggin and D. Stam and D. Titov and G. Visconti and M. Zambelli and C. Tsang},
  • P. Drossart, G. Piccioni, +41 authors C. Tsang
  • Published 2007
  • Medicine, Geology
  • Nature
  • The upper atmosphere of a planet is a transition region in which energy is transferred between the deeper atmosphere and outer space. Molecular emissions from the upper atmosphere (90–120 km altitude) of Venus can be used to investigate the energetics and to trace the circulation of this hitherto little-studied region. Previous spacecraft and ground-based observations of infrared emission from CO2, O2 and NO have established that photochemical and dynamic activity controls the structure of the… CONTINUE READING

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