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Carleton Undergraduate students present their Venus research online at International Planetary conference in Moscow, Russia

Four Carleton University undergraduate students working with Dr. Richard Ernst and Dr. Hafida El Bilali, presented at the 12th Annual Moscow Solar System Symposium on the results of their detailed geological mapping on Venus:

  • Lauren MacLellan "Structural Map of Northern Astkhik Planum and Selu Corona, Lada Terra, Venus" (4th year student-Department of Earth Sciences)
  • Raiden Dean "Mapping of Graben Systems ("Ribbon Fabrics") in Western Ovda Tessera, Venus: Interpretation as Dyke Swarms" (2nd year student-Environmental Science)
  • Mahanoor Riaz "Developing a Dyke Swarm History for Bell Regio, Venus" (3rd year student-Department of Mathematics and Statistics)
  • Anoushka Singhal "Developing a Dyke Swarm History for Bell Region, Venus" (3rd year student-School of Computer Science)

Also presenting were:

  • ​​​​​Dr. Hafida El Bilali "Dyke Swarm History of Atla Regio, Venus"
  • Dr. Richard Ernst "Assessing a Large Igneous Province (LIPs) Context for Volcanism on Venus"

These presentations were part of 18 abstracts presented at 12M-S3 (half of the 37 total Venus session abstracts) by members of the International Venus Research Group (IVRG).  In addition to the Carleton University team, the IVRG includes a student at York University (Toronto) and teams at Mount Royal University (Calgary), Cadi Ayyad University (Marrakech, Morocco) and Tomsk State University (Tomsk, Russia).  The IVRG is led by Dr. Richard Ernst (Carleton University) with co-leaders Dr. Hafida El Bilali and Dr. James Head (Brown University). The IVRG is using the 100 m per pixel radar images from the 1990-1994 NASA Magellan mission to provide detailed regional geological mapping at a scale of 1:500,000 which is 10X more detailed than previous regional mapping.  Through their mapping, the students (Post-doc, PhDs, MScs and undergraduate students) are providing constraints for imagine and landing site selection for the fleet of spacecraft scheduled to arrive at Venus at the end of the decade: two NASA Missions, the European Envision mission, the Russian Venera-D and the Indian Shukrayaan mission.
Participate by Carleton University students in the IVRG can potentially lead to opportunities for more direct participation by the students in these upcoming Venus missions. 

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