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Buczkowski, Debra L.

Apr 10, 2024, 4:30:30 PMApr 10

Hello Venusians! 


Here are a few new announcements.


  1. Share your latest results on Venus’ aerosols and clouds!
  2. Invitation to attend the PLATO Workshop
  3. NASA Planetary Science Division Status Update




Share your latest results on Venus’ aerosols and clouds!


There will be a special symposium Planetary Aerosols: From Earth to Exoplanetsat the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) 42nd Annual Conference October 21-25, 2024 in Alburquerque, New Mexico.  Any aspect of planetary aerosols including laboratory experiments, modeling, and measurements/observations is welcome. A goal of the session is to facilitate multi-disciplinary connections between planetary and aerosol scientists.  The regular abstract deadline is May 8, 2024 with abstracts for late-breaking posters accepted until July 22, 2024. Submission information is available here.  The symposium abstract is copied below.


Planetary Aerosols: From Earth to Exoplanets 

From the H2SO4 haze of Venus to the thick organic haze of Titan and thin organic haze of Pluto, photochemically produced hazes are prevalent in our solar system and recent observations suggest that they are common components of exoplanet atmospheres as well. Additionally, haze is thought to have existed at several points during the evolution of Earth’s atmosphere with implications for habitability and the emergence of early life. Just as on the modern Earth, aerosols in these diverse atmospheres play a central role in atmospheric chemistry, dynamics, and radiative balance. Through their interaction with light, aerosols affect observable planetary atmospheric spectra providing information on composition and structure while also potentially complicating interpretation. With new and forthcoming measurement capabilities such as from the James Webb telescope and NASA’s Dragonfly mission, there exists an opportunity and a need to improve our understanding of aerosols much different from those prevalent in the modern Earth’s atmosphere. 

The aim of this session is to facilitate cross- and inter-disciplinary work in the Earth and planetary science communities to improve our understanding of aerosol and cloud microphysics and chemistry. We invite submissions from laboratory, observational, modeling, and instrument/method development work that focus on aerosols in atmospheres different from that of the modern Earth. 


We hope you are able to join us in Albuquerque!  

Prof. Ellie Browne (CU Boulder) and Dr. Melissa Trainer (NASA Goddard)




Invitation to attend the PLATO Workshop in the Catania Astrophysical Observatory, Italy, May 14-16


PLATO is the 3rd class M mission in the ESA Cosmic Vision program. Its main goal is detecting terrestrial planets in the habitable zone of  solar type stars. The aim of this conference is to review the current state of the art in the field and to examine the range of scientific questions PLATO data could prove useful. Themed sessions will examine planetary systems at all stages of their evolution as well as give an overview of the PLATO mission, its  future data, and how to become involved.  Registration is free and virtual attendance is possible.  This meeting should be of interest especially (although not exclusively) to any Venus scientist interested in Venus as an Exoplanet.  Go to the link below for more information.



NASA Planetary Science Division Status Update on Efforts in Response to the Planetary Data Ecosystem Independent Review Board (PDE IRB) Final Report


In the fall of 2020, the NASA Planetary Science Division chartered the Planetary Data Ecosystem Independent Review Board (PDE IRB) to conduct a wholistic review of the PDE, which is defined as the ad hoc connected framework of activities and products that are built upon and support the data collected by planetary space missions and research programs, which primarily are NASA funded. The PDE IRB delivered its final report in April 2021.


The Planetary Science Division has performed an internal evaluation of actions and efforts in support of addressing the findings and recommendations in the PDE IRB final report.  A summary of efforts towards developing a more connected and effective PDE is documented in a status report (see below links). This report describes efforts that have been completed from April 2021 to September 2023.


This status report can be viewed at:

Direct link:


Comments and feedback on this document are welcome and encouraged. Please email the NASA Headquarters PDE Team with any comments, additional information, or corrections at



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