Astronomy: Venus Revisited

Only a generation back, Venus was commonly thought of as a fine abode for lush, jungly life. As scientists learned more about the cloud-shrouded planet, its real estate values plummeted. Modern studies of Venus have pictured it as hot and waterless, certainly not a place for any kind of life that is known on earth. But last week Venus got a kind word. Professor John Strong of Johns Hopkins University reported that the Venusian atmosphere has a large amount of water vapor above its sunlit cloud deck.

Dr. Strong got his information from a giant balloon belonging to the...

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