Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Research

Radar Map of Venus
A radar map of Venus collected by CEPS scientists. This shows most of one hemisphere of the planet, with a thin band near the center for which the mapping technique cannot produce an image. Dark areas are smooth or covered by fine material from impact craters, while bright areas are very rough.

Behind-the-scenes at the National Air and Space Museum, curators, fellows, and scientists conduct research that increases our understanding of aviation and space exploration's role in history; science and technology's central place in modern life; and the latest findings about our solar system. Activities include geologic field studies; research of Earth-like planets and direct involvement in planetary missions; contributing to professional organizations and societies; conducting historical research; hosting symposiums; and writing scholarly and popular books, papers, and articles.