Since the dawn of the Space Age, the planet Venus has been a proving ground for competing hypotheses in planetary science. From the 1950s to 1970s, Venus was at the center of a blazing scientific controversy. In 1950, in the bestselling book Worlds in Collision, the scientific heretic Immanuel Velikovsky proposed that the planet Venus is a VERY recent addition to the inner solar system, and threatened the Earth as a terrifying comet. In this episode, we explore why Venus’ recent cometary origins explain at least one enduring mystery of the planet — its stunning absence of craters.
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