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SHOULD WE SEND MEN TO VENUS INSTEAD OF MARS?

When it comes to manned spaceflight, a manned mission to Mars has been the ultimate goal since the 1960s; after the Moon, it’s the most logical place to go. But what about Venus?

We can’t land on the surface of Venus. At least, it would be almost impossibly difficult to design a spacecraft that could survive the planet’s hellish environment. With a carbon dioxide rich atmosphere at a pressure about 92 times what we feel on Earth and an average surface temperatures upwards of 900 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s not a welcoming environment. But about 31 miles above the surface, Venus becomes almost Earth-like.

Above most of the clouds there’s enough sunlight to provide solar power, the temperature is colder but still warm enough for liquid water to exist, and the gravity is about 90 percent of what we feel on the Earth. The gases at that altitude can also support life, albeit with a little help. There’s more than enough carbon dioxide for plant growth. The nitrogen in the atmosphere along with hydrogen gathered from floating sulfuric acid droplets could be turned into the necessary elements to support human life.

So why not build a floating city? Or explore the planet with a dirigible feature a manned cabin slung underneath? It’s something scientists at NASA’s Langley Research Centre recently proposed, and it’s a compelling idea.

And it’s not the first time NASA has explored manned missions to Venus. In the 1960s, Bellcomm, a division of AT&T established to assist the space agency in research, development, and overall questions of systems integration, studied mission concepts to send upgraded Apollo hardware to Venus. These were only ever concept studies, but it’s still a really fascinating prospect.

Really, I’m just a sucker for Venus and would love to see a more dedicated study of our hellish neighbor.

I’ve covered all of these topics elsewhere. For more on the logistics of a floating city on Venus, check out this article on Motherboard. For more on NASA’s Venusian exploration by manned dirigible, check out my latest on Nerdist. And for a look at our history exploring Venus and some of the vintage concepts for a manned mission to our planetary neighbour, check out my old blog posts here, here, and here. And yes, that’s seven year old me presenting my second grade science project on Venus.

 

Source www.popsci.com

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224 Comments on "SHOULD WE SEND MEN TO VENUS INSTEAD OF MARS?"

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I share the fascination for Venus, but… The problem here is the lack of resources/technology. Mars is a more realistic destination at this point in time, simply because we can already build on its surface. A floating city 31 miles above Venus’ surface is a stretch for now, unfortunately. Even if we knew exactly how to do it, the cost would discourage just about anybody.

All in all, starting with Mars makes sense. It’s the logical place to go given its overall characteristics and the feasibility of the project, which apparently isn’t an impossible undertaking anymore.

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On point

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Mars at least once had water, and arguably an atmosphere. Mars is a much more tolerable place to send colonists to.

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Cloud city?

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the human race should just completely die,all the wars,religion,killing innocent animals,sux to be part of this cancer called humanity

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Maybe not

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Just as nutty…

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,,! Can’t search the ocean nor the moon,,! Now Venus??! !!!!!!

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Omg..help the vets..homeless..abused first

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i suspect the specialists will have a big say in this issue.

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Venus is the home of VALIANT THOR…

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I’m all for it. Let’s just make sure we fix some minor problems on the planet we’re currently living first.

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make the suit or stop dreaming

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Venus Energy of LOVE Vs Mars The= Energy of War.

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If science could fix Venus’s acidic atmosphere, then maybe desert animals could be planted, the main thing would be fixing the harsh atmosphere. Mars is the smarter choice at the moment, I wonder if there were animals on Mars.

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Can’t live on Venus… global warming gone amok..acid atmosphere… a soviet probe that landed on Venus lasted 2 minutes then died

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Let’s see what the kardashians think ….

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You’re asking me? Uh oh

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No…you are getting all wrong!! Buy tents, flour, water distiller and ply-boards. Go to Haiti. You can get there by boat. That’s a certainty. Going to the moon was a great maybe, then Venus or Mars? Just another cover story to mask a “secret” expenditure. Pull my leg. Or better yet, suck my dick.

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Wait what

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Hahaha!

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Make your mind up….

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I wish we could just sort shit out on Earth really.

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Venus are inhabited by women

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Venus i very advanced technologically good choice

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Venus is a blast furnace! It melted a Russian probe!!

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They could orbit venus its closer test out orion ..

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Here’s a thought maybe we fix our planet first

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Yeah, let’s just screw that planet up too!

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No… send men to Mars and women to Venus. You know it makes sense.

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Hmmm let’s think, tne downside to Venus is the fact the surface temperature is hotter than Mercury. Any human would be vapourised in seconds.

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NASA. Not A Straight Answer lmao

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No I just know Nasa data that says it’s hot enough to melt iron, steel and lead so not sure what the cloud city would be made of!

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Really Paul? You been there before? Amazing! Humans vaporized in seconds. Man you’re good!

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Hence the suggestion for a floating city. Not sure how they mine the resources, but they say it is more Earth the further you get from the surface.

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