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

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
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 breathtak ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 10th 1998 by Basic Books (first published February 1st 1997)
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Tim Martin
Jul 11, 2016 Tim Martin rated it it was amazing
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_Venus Revealed_ by David Harry Grinspoon is a well-written, witty, thoroughly researched book on our nearest planetary neighbor, the planet Venus, often thought of as Earth's twin due to its roughly same size and mass. Grinspoon covered the history of human perception of the planet, the observation of Venus by scientists from the ground through the centuries, what the amateur astronomer can see and learn about the planet, the saga of the numerous probes to orbit the planet as well as it enter i ...more
Dec 22, 2010 Joe rated it really liked it
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I think what I liked best about this book is the author's (fleeting but refreshing) attitude of exploration for exploration's sake. Venus' surface is so hot that it glows red in the dark, there's but a trace of water in the atmosphere, and it rains battery acid. We're probably not going to live there anytime soon (besides the fact that we'd be moving 30 percent closer to the life-giving time bomb we orbit)... but we should go nonetheless!

He does spend a good deal of time talking about the histor
Sep 12, 2015 Julia rated it it was amazing
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I haven't read this in awhile but I wanted to add it to my shelf because it means a lot to me.

I first read Venus Revealed when I was 13. It was the first astronomy book (and indeed the first non-fiction book!) I read cover-to-cover without losing interest and without feeling like most of the information presented was going over my head. It was this book that made me realize that I should read non-fiction more often, and that not all non-fiction was dry and unengaging like my textbooks. It was t
Sep 13, 2016 Glynn rated it really liked it
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This was an excellent book describing the history of our sister planet Venus. It explores all of the discoveries we have made up to the Magellan probe. The chapter on Magellan takes us on a detailed tour of the surface of Venus as far as we know. The author writes with intelligence and wit. He is a musician as well as a scientist and this comes across a lot in the book. Not only are there cited quotes from music, there are also some references to songs throughout the book. I was able to find at ...more
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