The Cloudy Beauty

Until the early 1960s, we didn't know what was under the thick clouds that color Venus. Then space probes discovered that under the clouds most of Venus is a gently rolling plain. There are two volcanoes and one mountain higher than Earth's Mount Everest. There are craters, but they have been worn down by the winds and the sulfuric acid in the atmosphere.

Like Mercury, Venus has no moon. It rotates in the opposite direction of most of the planets. The Sun rises in the west and sets in the east.

Make a Venus Mobile!

1. Use a 3-inch styrofoam ball.

2. Make cotton clouds by pulling cotton balls into long wispy pieces.

3. Glue the clouds on to the planet. Make sure you cover the whole planet with swirling cotton clouds.

H. Push an opened paper clip into your planet and hang with a string.

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