Exploring Venus by Balloon

Exploring Venus by Balloon
Greaves/Cardiff University/JAXA via AP)

Venus is a puzzle: Our nearest planetary neighbor probably started out looking much the same as Earth, but somewhere along the line the two planets’ paths diverged. Several spacecraft have studied Venus from orbit, and even a few have studied it from the ground, but there’s still much we don’t know. Does Venus currently have lightning, quakes, or active volcanoes? How does its atmosphere move and interact with the surface? Is it possible for life to exist in its clouds?

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