Atlas of Venus

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A combination of striking photos and lucid prose, this volume brings this mysterious planet to life. Well-known astronomers Peter Cattermole and Patrick Moore place Venus in the solar system and explain what information telescope observation has yielded. They then take us on a space-age trip to Venus exhibiting observations from orbiting space craft and probes, and, most significantly, the data-laden Magellan mission. An abundance of colorful illustrations showcase Venus' fascinating topography, including impact craters, highland massifs, and plains. The text is rounded out by a history of this intriguing planet and a gazetteer of Venusian place names. Several useful appendices of data complement the atlas. This book will delight amateur astonomers and will also serve as a helpful reference to professional astronomers and planetary scientists.

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Amateur astronomers will enjoy Atlas of Venus, the most up-to-date book available on the geography and geology of Earth's non-identical twin planet. This colorful compendium of maps and pictures draws heavily from the Magellan spacecraft's radar imaging, some of it published here for the first time. As the authors point out, we have learned more about Venus in the last few decades--perhaps even in the last few years--than throughout the whole of human history. It's hardly the tropical paradise of 1950s science fiction, but a harsh world that may never witness human exploration due to the severity of its environment. In a way, its truly alien qualities make Venus all the more enticing.

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Venus, the closest planet to the Earth, is a torrid world of extremes. Giving the historical background to our perception of the planet, this atlas clearly explains why Venus has been the goal of so many space missions. Complete with detailed maps of the planet, a gazetteer of all landmarks and the latest images from the Magellan mission this is the essential reference source for all professional and amateur astronomers, and planetary scientists interested in our closest neighbour.

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