Towards a Synergistic study of the atmosphere of terrestrial planets
SCOOP had as its overarching objective the revision and exploitation of data from the European Mars Express and Venus Express missions as well as other Martian missions such as NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN).
SCOOP used a synergistic approach by combining different fields of research in aeronomy and integrating the different layers of the Mars and Venus atmospheres from the surface to the upper atmosphere. It addressed major open science questions regarding the atmospheric system by seeking to comprehend the interactions between its various elements. SCOOP also 1) prepared for ESA's ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) data analysis and exploitation by developing tools to be tested on selected data from current missions and on the first returned data of TGO; and 2) delivered enhanced scientific context and datasets for defining and designing future missions to our neighbour terrestrial planets.