Old Concepts of Life on Venus and Mars

I’ve recently posted about the pre-space age exploration of Venus and Mars. Both planets have an interesting history in the larger picture of man’s  understanding of the cosmos. The Victorian era is especially interesting – telescopes could discern surface features and increased knowledge of Earthly science allowed astronomers to make analogous claims about life on other worlds. Mars and Venus both enjoyed much attention as the planets most likely to harbour life. Especially since no technology existed at the time to disprove the “tropical Venusian paradise” or “hyper-intelligent Martian race” theories. (Pictured is Percival Lowell’s Martian globe, early 20th century.)

 

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