A Caltech Library Service

Overview of VEGA Venus Balloon in Situ Meteorological Measurements

Sagdeev, R. Z. and Linkin, V. M. and Kerzhanovich, V. V. and Lipatov, A. N. and Shurupov, A. A. and Blamont, J. E. and Crisp, D. and Ingersoll, A. P. and Elson, L. S. and Preston, R. A. and Hildebrand, C. E. and Ragent, B. and Seiff, A. and Young, R. E. and Petit, G. and Boloh, L. and Alexandrov, Yu N. and Armand, N. A. and Bakitko, R. V. and Selivanov, A. S. (1986) Overview of VEGA Venus Balloon in Situ Meteorological Measurements. Science, 231 (4744). pp. 1411-1414. ISSN 0036-8075. doi:10.1126/science.231.4744.1411.

Full text is not posted in this repository. Consult Related URLs below.

Use this Persistent URL to link to this item:


The VEGA balloons made in situ measurements of pressure, temperature, vertical wind velocity, ambient light, frequency of lightning, and cloud particle backscatter. Both balloons encountered highly variable atmospheric conditions, with periods of intense vertical winds occurring sporadically throughout their flights. Downward winds as large as 3.5 meters per second occasionally forced the balloons to descend as much as 2.5 kilometers below their equilibrium float altitudes. Large variations, in pressure, temperature, ambient light level, and cloud particle backscatter (VEGA-1 only) correlated well during these excursions, indicating that these properties were strong functions of altitude in those parts of the middle cloud layer sampled by the balloons.

Item Type:Article
Related URLs:
URLURL TypeDescription
Crisp, D.0000-0002-4573-9998
Ingersoll, A. P.0000-0002-2035-9198
Additional Information:© 1986 American Association for the Advancement of Science. Received for publication 23 October 1985. Accepted for publication 24 January 1986. Supported in part by NASA at the Ames Research Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.
Group:UNSPECIFIED, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences
Funding AgencyGrant Number
NASA Ames Research CenterUNSPECIFIED
Issue or Number:4744
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20130422-112902606
Persistent URL:
Official Citation:Overview of VEGA Venus Balloon in Situ Meteorological Measurements R. Z. SAGDEEV, V. M. LINKIN, V. V. KERZHANOVICH, A. N. LIPATOV, A. A. SHURUPOV, J. E. BLAMONT, D. CRISP, A. P. INGERSOLL, L. S. ELSON, R. A. PRESTON, C. E. HILDEBRAND, B. RAGENT, A. SEIFF, R. E. YOUNG, G. PETIT, L. BOLOH, YU. N. ALEXANDROV, N. A. ARMAND, R. V. BAKITKO, and A. S. SELIVANOV Science 21 March 1986: 1411-1414. [DOI:10.1126/science.231.4744.1411]
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:38066
Deposited By: Ruth Sustaita
Deposited On:22 Apr 2013 23:12
Last Modified:09 Nov 2021 23:33

Repository Staff Only: item control page