Watch ‘Voyage to the Planets’ parts 1 and 2
    Venus is, in many respects, the twin of Earth.   These outward similarities led some to believe that Venus was a hospitable planet, where jungles and dinosaurs could be found.   Sci Fi magazines featured interesting covers illustrating the stories inside.  We sure made some very odd movies about Venus.  But, a closer look at Venus shows that it is in no way an identical twin of Earth.   The conditions on its surface are brutal!   The atmospheric pressure at the surface is ninety times greater than Earth’s and the surface temperature hovers at about 730 Kelvin (457 Celsius) most of the time.  There has never been a break in the clouds of Venus which rain down sulfuric acid to near the surface as virga.  With no plate tectonics, most of the surface is similar to the basaltic floors of Earth’s oceans, but without the water.  A global map of the topography shows little change in elevation.  For reference, here’s a look at Earth’s topography. A number of  space probes from the former Soviet Union and the United States have gathered data which give us an entirely different view of Venus. We have hundreds of images from these probes. All of which show a barren and inhospitable surface.
Carpe Caelum Planetary Astronomy
Carpe Caelum Planetary Astronomy