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Planet Secrets Revealed: Is Venus the Once and Future Earth?

The LPI will host a public panel discussion on the evening of January 31, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. CST. Join us as planetary scientists debate our current knowledge of the unfolding timeline of changes in Venus’s surface and atmosphere — highlighting similarities to our own planet. The panelists will also share their hopes for insights to be gained from newly selected missions launching to Venus over the coming decade. These missions will advance our understanding of physical processes at Venus and shape how we investigate Earth-like planets beyond the Solar System. This panel will take place in person at the LPI and will be streamed online to the LPI’s YouTube channel. The event is free and open to the public.


  • Justin Filiberto, NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Jennifer Whitten, Tulane University
  • Tracy Gregg, University at Buffalo
  • Matthew Weller, USRA/Lunar and Planetary Institute

The panel will be moderated by Vicki Hansen, Planetary Science Institute, and Allan Treiman, USRA/Lunar and Planetary Institute.

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Thank you Lockheed and SwRI for sponsoring this event!

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For over 50 years, Lockheed Martin has helped NASA explore every planet in our solar system and continues to develop new technologies for future space missions. The company has built more interplanetary spacecraft than all other U.S. companies combined, and the team is thrilled to be designing, building, testing and flying both spacecraft in NASA’s major return to Venus: DAVINCI and VERITAS. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 114,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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SwRI is an internationally recognized center for basic space science research and for the development of spacecraft instrumentation and avionics systems. It has recently expanded its space-related activities into the area of microsatellite design, development, and fabrication. Our scientific staff is active in a variety of research areas: terrestrial and planetary magnetospheres; solar physics; planetary geology and atmospheres; comets, asteroids, and other small solar system bodies; planetary system origins and formation; and high-energy astrophysics. SwRI was the principal investigator institution for the highly successful IMAGE mission and now leads the New Horizons, Juno, and Lucy missions as well as the science investigation of NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission. SwRI-developed in situ and remote-sensing instruments have flown, are flying, or are under development for flight on a number of NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) missions, while SwRI-developed avionics systems have flown without a single on-orbit failure on over 50 government and commercial missions.

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