Cosmic Research

, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 364–383 | Cite as

Structure of the Venusian atmosphere from surface up to 100 km

  • L. V. Zasova
  • V. I. Moroz
  • V. M. Linkin
  • I. V. Khatuntsev
  • B. S. Maiorov


The goal of this paper is to summarize the experimental data on the atmosphere of Venus obtained after 1985, when the VIRA (Venus International Reference Atmosphere) or COSPAR model was published. Among the most important results that have appeared since then are the following: measurements of the vertical temperature profile by the VEGA spacecraft with high precision and high altitude resolution; measurements made with balloons of the VEGA spacecraft; radio occultation measurements of Magellan, Venera-15, and Venera-16; and temperature profiles derived from the data of infrared spectrometry obtained by Venera-15. The new result as compared to VIRA is the creation of a model of the atmosphere in the altitude range 55 to 100 km dependent on local time. This model is presented in our paper in tabulated form.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. V. Zasova
    • 1
  • V. I. Moroz
    • 1
  • V. M. Linkin
    • 1
  • I. V. Khatuntsev
    • 1
  • B. S. Maiorov
    • 1
  1. 1.Space Research InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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