Venus Revealed: A New Look Below The Clouds Of Our Mysterious Twin Planet

Paperback | April 10, 1998

byDavid Harry Grinspoon

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Until very recently, all we really knew about Venus, our nearest planetary neighbor, was that it was roughly the same size and mass as the earth and was surrounded by a thick atmosphere. Then, in 1989, American scientists launched Magellan—the spacecraft that would revolutionize our vision of this mysterious planet. Venus Revealed is the first book to explain the breathtaking results of this mission, which unveiled a Venusian world of active volcanoes, shining mountains, and river valleys carved by torrents of flowing lava. At one time, Venus may have even had a wet, temperate climate, much like Earth’s. What happened to turn it into a hostile, burning acid world? The answer could very well help us solve some of our most pressing environmental problems—from global warming to acid rain. In Venus Revealed, David Grinspoon eloquently argues that studying our exotic twin will inevitable teach us more about ourselves.

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"Grinspoon clearly loves the subject of this exemplary work, the unfolding of our knowledge of 'Earth's Twin.' . . . His book is full of quirky facts, references to popular culture, clever smiles, and inventive and revealing metaphors and analogies. Photos

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Until very recently, all we really knew about Venus, our nearest planetary neighbor, was that it was roughly the same size and mass as the earth and was surrounded by a thick atmosphere. Then, in 1989, American scientists launched Magellan—the spacecraft that would revolutionize our vision of this mysterious planet. Venus Revealed is t...

David Harry Grinspoon is assistant professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Since 1990, Professor Grinspoon has studied Venus as a Principal Investigator for NASA’s Planetary Atmospheres and Venus Data Analysis Program. He lives in Denver.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.05 inPublished:April 10, 1998Publisher:Basic Books

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ISBN - 10:0201328399

ISBN - 13:9780201328394

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"Grinspoon clearly loves the subject of this exemplary work, the unfolding of our knowledge of 'Earth's Twin.' . . . His book is full of quirky facts, references to popular culture, clever smiles, and inventive and revealing metaphors and analogies. Photos