Hellish Venus' Mysteries
Named for the Roman Goddess of
Love and fertility, Venus is one of the nighttime sky’s most beautiful sights. But up close, Venus smells like rotting eggs.
Its Raindrops Would Dissolve Flesh
And at its surface, temperatures are hot enough that wood and gasoline would spontaneously burst into flame
Though Today’s Venus Is Grotesque
Scientists suspect it was once quite different—temperate, perhaps awash in oceans, maybe even inhabited
Three Planetary Missions
Launching over the next decade, will reveal whether Venus ever had liquid oceans.
The Robotic Trio Will
Precisely map the planet’s surface, look for signs of active volcanism, and peer into the world’s interior.
These Spacecraft Will Also Help Us
Learn whether the millions of rocky planets in Venus-like orbits around other stars could be habitable.