How much public enthusiasm is there?
What are the different Public Outreach opportunities with EnVision?
The short answer is: “a lot”.
Planetary missions enjoy special resonance with the general public allowing for targeted outreach programs towards youngsters and adults alike.
As you read through the outreach opportunities planned, feel free to indulge in the Venus mouvement of Gustav Holst's The Planets Suite. Conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen it is embeded here courtesy of the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Based on tantalizing imagery packages, EnVision science achievements will be much easier to convey than intricate physics experiments. EnVision will effectively be discovering a new world in 3D as well as observing its temporal variations.
IMAX and 4D augmented reality platforms, blending returned data with artist’s impressions and animations techniques are particularly well suited to create accessible, inspiring and educational cinematographic experiences.
Venus is also arguably the easiest star to spot in the sky and its apparent beauty is impressively contrasted by the hell-like conditions at its surface, possibly igniting awe and admiration in young minds.
There are already indications that Venus has conquered the next generation of European explorers. Sixty young scientists and engineers came together at ESA’s summer school in Alpbach and were challenged to design a space mission to the terrestrial planets. All four teams chose Venus, produced innovative mission concepts and defended their unique science return opportunities. Review their papers and presentations, it is great inspiration!
To further include the public in our mission we are planning an innovative two-fold data distribution system. EnVision will generate enormous amounts of raw data and processing it efficiently will be a technical feat in itself.
We plan on implementing distributed computing concepts in a similar manner to the current SETI@home initiative. This will allow any internet connected PC to participate in routine pre-processing of radar data, involving the greater public in the computing effort.
Another daunting achievement will be the interpretation of the final data: identifying faults, seismic and volcanic signatures, impact craters and other relevant geomorphological features on the global coverage of the planet. In the footsteps of the CosmoQuest project currently enlisting the help of the public to counts craters on the Moon, Vesta and Mercury, we plan to develop simple apps particularly well-suited to the widespread advent of touchscreen devices and engage the public as autodidact planetary geologists!