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.
"Books on Venus have been either too technical or purely popular. Peter Cattermole and Patrick Moore have bridged the gap between these extremes with Atlas of Venus... an erudite and detailed book, eminently readable and superbly illustrated." David Hughes, New Scientist
1. Venus in the Solar System; 2. Venus through the telescope; 3. Before the Space Age; 4. Missions to Venus; 5. Mapping Venus; 6. The Magellan mission; 7. The Venusian plains - I; 8. The Venusian plains - II; 9. Impact craters on Venus; 10. The highland massifs; 11. The history of Venus; 12. Into the future; Appendices: Significant data for Venus; Venus missions; Phenomena of Venus, 1995–2005; Rotation periods for Venus; Names of Venusian features; Bibliography; Index.