Whitepaper #161 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: habitability and water; life and prebiotic organics; Venus
by Sanjay Limaye, Mark A. Bullock, Kevin H. Baines, Charles Cockell, Jaime A. Cordova, James A. Cutts, Diana Gentry, David Grinspoon, James Head, Kandis-Lea Jessup, Vladimir Kompanichenko, Yeon J. Lee, Richard Mathies, Tetyana Milojevic, Rakesh Mogul, Rosalyn A. Pertzborn, Lynn Rothschild, Satoshi Sasaki, Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Sara Seager, David J. Smith, and Michael J. Way
Published onMar 18, 2021
Venus, an Astrobiology Target
Beyond Earth, the closest planetary environment that could possibly support life are the clouds of Venus. We present the case that Venus meets the first strategic objective in NASA’s strategic plan and should be considered as an astrobiology target.