Hail Venus! Is There Life Here?

A small group of scientists have their heads in the hot clouds of the 2nd planet.

If our solar system has a Hell, it’s Venus. The air is choked with foul and corrosive sulfur, literally brimstone, heaved from ancient volcanoes and feeding battery-acid clouds above. Although the second planet is a step farther from the sun than Mercury, a runaway greenhouse effect makes it hotter–indeed, it’s the hottest of the nine planets, a toasty 900

Illustration by Bob Sauls/Frassanito & Associates