Venus Express

Venus Express was the first ESA mission to visit Earth's nearest planetary neighbour.

Current status: Mission ended (deorbited) December 2014

Imperial’s involvement: The Space Magnetometer Laboratory at Imperial provided part of the magnetometer instrument and contributed to data processing and science.

ESA official Venus Express website

Imperial and Venus Express



EnVision is a proposed mission to determine the nature and current state of geological activity on Venus, and its relationship with the atmosphere, to understand how Venus and Earth could have evolved so differently.

Current status: Proposed for a 2032 launch

Imperial’s involvement: Imperial's Lead Proposer on EnVision is Dr Richard Ghail.

EnVision Venus website