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Planetary aeronomy

BIRA-IASB has built up a long-standing expertise in state of the art studies of the atmospheres of our sister planets Mars and Venus.

The study of these Earth-like planets, whose atmospheres have evolved towards different and extreme conditions, is a vital part of the understanding of the past and future of our subtle climate system.

BIRA-IASB has taken a lead position in this domain with the development, operation and data processing of the NOMAD instrument on board the European ExoMars mission

Two years after its launch, ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) settles in its final orbit around Mars. The satellite carries the instrument NOMAD of the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) on board.