The Venus Exploration Analysis Group

Unveil Venus:  Why is Earth's sister planet so different?

VEXAG was established by NASA in 2005 to identify scientific priorities and opportunities for the exploration of Venus, Earth’s sister planet. The group has an open membership and an 7-person Executive Committee, 3 Focus Groups, and 2 Topical Analysis Groups. Input from the scientific community is actively sought. The VEXAG provides findings to NASA Headquarters, but does not make recommendations. Stay in touch by visiting our Twitter and Facebook pages! If you have interest in becoming a member of VEXAG, please fill out the VEXAG Indication of Interest form.

VEXAG Charter

The Venus Exploration Analysis Group is NASA's community-based forum designed to provide scientific input and technology development plans for planning and prioritizing the exploration of Venus over the next several decades. VEXAG is chartered by NASA's Solar System Exploration Division and reports its findings to NASA. Open to all interested scientists, VEXAG regularly evaluates Venus exploration goals, scientific objectives, investigations, and critical measurement requirements, including especially recommendations in the NRC Decadal Survey and the Solar System Exploration Strategic Roadmap.

Venus Exploration Decadal Survey White Papers

Guiding Documents Updates 2019

Draft Venus Exploration Goals, Objectives and Investigations – March 2019 (​P​D​F​) (​D​O​C​X​)

Venus Exploration Roadmap March 2019

Draft Venus Technology Plan - May 2019 (PDF) (DOCX)

Request for Community Comments on VEXAG’s Venus Exploration Documents - Part I

Request for Community Comments on VEXAG’s Venus Exploration Documents - Part 2

Guiding Documents

Goals, Objectives and Investigations for Venus Exploration: 2016

Roadmap for Venus Exploration: 2014

Venus Technology Plan: 2014

Venus Bridge Summary Report - April 20, 2018

VEXAG Venus Bridge Study Briefing to Thomas Zurbuchen - April 20, 2018

Aerial Platforms for the Scientific Exploration of Venus - October 2018

Related Documents

Venera-D Phase 2 report

Recent Meetings

16th Meeting of the Venus Exploration Analysis Group
November 6–8, 2018, Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland


VEXAG/Venus Town Hall at LPSC
March 20, 2018
The Woodlands, Texas

Meeting Notes

Upcoming Meetings

International Venus Conference
The 74th Fujihara Seminar : "Akatsuki" Novel Development of Venus Science Rescheduled for May 31–June 3 (Fri-Mon), 2019
Hilton Niseko Village, Hokkaido, Japan

Venera-D Joint Science Definition Team Workshop:
Potential Landing Sites and Cloud Layer Habitability

Space Research Institute (IKI), Moscow, October 2–5, 2019

Notice of Interest to Attend: June 3, 2019
Abstract deadline : August 10, 2019 11:59 pm (Moscow Local Time, UT+3 :00 hrs)

Access to Akatsuki data

Data have been archived at the PDS Atmospheres Node at