On the Cover: This computer-generated view of Venus shows the planet's topography, with the highest regions coded as red and the lowest as dark blue. The radar of the <i>Pioneer</i> Venus Orbiter provided the altimetry data from which this image was generated, and can also detect small-scale surface roughness. Rougher areas are coded as a white glint on this picture.
4 Remembering Mariner 2: J. N. James looks back on Mariner 2 on its 20th anniversary.
7 The Race to Venus and Mars: James D. Burke gives a timeline of the space race to our nearest neighbors.
8 How We Discovered That Venus is Hot: Carl Sagan summarizes the critical information from Mariner missions and telescopic observations of Venus that led to our greater understanding of its surface conditions.
11 Mariner 2 and the Discovery of the Solar Wind: Marcia Neugebauer describes how Mariner 2 discovered the solar wind on its journey to Venus.
14 Highlights of the Venera Missions to Venus: M. Ya. Marov showcases the revelations the Venera missions provided on shrouded Venus.
20 Venus in 2002: James D. Burke looks to the future.
18 Society Notes Progress on the Society's three goals.
19 Washington Watch Funding for future missions to Venus and Galileo.
21 News & Reviews Halley's Comet, extraterrestrial life, and resolving rings with radio.