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!

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.

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



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


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


Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Call – June 2018

Access to Akatsuki data

Data have been archived at the PDS Atmospheres Node at