chapter  5
Venus
WithPatrick Moore
Pages 12

Venus, the second planet in order of distance from the Sun, is almost a twin of the Earth in size and mass; it is only very slightly smaller and less dense. However, in all other respects it is quite unlike the Earth. Only during the past 40 years have we been able to find out what Venus is really like; its surface is permanently hidden by its thick, cloudy atmosphere, and before the Space Age Venus was often referred to as ‘the planet of mystery’. Data are given in Table 5.1.