Since the dawn of the Space Age, perhaps no celestial body in the solar system has proved more surprising to astronomers than the planet Venus. Before the arrival of the earliest space probes, some noted scientists believed that Venus would be earthlike, with water clouds, oceans and abundant vegetation. However, well known to those who have followed this series, it was Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky who made the outrageous prediction that Venus would be superhot, based on his hypothesis of the planet’s recent, cometary origins.
Today, countless Venusian phenomena continue to puzzle planetary scientists, including the planet’s super fast winds; its odd, slow backward spin; its vast magnetotail; and even the recent discovery by the ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft of a surprisingly powerful electric field.
In recent decades, Wal Thornhill, Chief Science Advisor of The Thunderbolts Project, has outlined his own reconstruction of Venus’ role in the recent, extraordinary history of the solar system.
In Part One of this two-part presentation, Wal begins by recounting this history, which he offered in his 2004 article, Cassini’s Homecoming, which he wrote prior to the arrival of the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft at Saturn. And as Thornhill explains, while astronomers to this day refer to Venus as Earth’s twin, the most likely Venusian sibling may be found in the Saturnian system – that is, the moon Titan.
• Wal Thornhill – Cassini’s Homecoming
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