Titan and Venus are unmagnetized bodies that interact directly with the high speed plasmas flowing around them. The similarities of these interactions are used to reinforce the interpretations of measurements made at each body from different measurement sites. In particular, observations of plasma properties at Titan and Venus from Voyager I and Pioneer Venus, respectively, when considered together, tend to reinforce the concept that ions of ionospheric origin escape down the ionotails of each body. The plasma measurements at Titan were made in its ionotail, well above its ionosphere. They revealed plasma flowing from Titan and escaping down its ionotail. On the other hand, the measurements at Venus were made in its ionosphere, where ionospheric ions were inferred to be flowing upward toward Venus' ionotail. When these processes are applied to Titan's ionosphere, upward flow toward the ionotail is found to be possible, consistent with the plasma observed escaping further down the ionotail. Applying similar reasoning to Venus, the upward ionospheric flow is expected to accelerate and escape down its ionotail. The latter result is reinforced by the recent detection, from SOHO, of cold ions in the distant wake (at 1 AU), which were interpreted to originate in the ionosphere of Venus.
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Space Research; Jul 16, 2000 - Jul 24, 2000; Poland