A space mission proposal was developed in 2014 during the Alpbach Summer School and Post Alpbach. The Hesperos mission aims to investigate the interior structure of Venus and its current level of tectonic activity. The mission will consist of two elements: an orbiter to investigate the interior and changes over longer periods of time, and a balloon to investigate the composition of the atmosphere. The mission will start with the deployment of the balloon which will operate for about 25 days. Once the balloon phase is finished the orbiter will perform surface and gravity gradient mapping.
A weak seed is a commonly used method to initiate and localize deformation in models of continental extension. We used a simple setup for continental breakup to test if and how different weak seeds influence the model evolution. Two different codes, SULEC and ELEFANT were used to ensure that the obtained results are caused solely by the weak seed. The results show that the weak seed mainly influences the timing of the localization and initiation of deformation. This research was presented with a poster at GeoMod 2014. I also published a blog post about this.