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Why NASA Eyeing Venus to Set Up Human Colony in Clouds?

Humans can’t live on Venus though they may like love planet as its surface emanates 500 degrees celosius of heat though pressure is slightly less at 92% as that of Earth. But two smart scientists of NASA have proposed a viacom with a floating spaceship that can remain hovering over Venus for a month to study the atmosphere and conduct exeriments.

Known as the High Altitude Venus Operational Concept, or HAVOC, the experiment has been proposed by NASA scientists, Dale Arney and Chris Jones, who have suggested sending humans to Venus, according to a report in IEEE Spectrum.

Instead of landing on Venus, the scientists team would float amongst the clouds to explore from an airship, whether it is more hospitable to human missions or not. Their HAVOC is a conceptual spacecraft designed by a team at the Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center for the purposes of Venusian exploration.

The helium-filled airship is conceived to sit above the planet’s acidic clouds for 30 days, allowing the astronauts to gather information about the atmosphere.

The concept envisages sending a robotic version first, followed by a crew. The NASA scientists even suggested settin up a space colony floating amongst the clouds.

Exposure to radiation there would be “about the same as if you were in Canada,” Arney told IEEE Spectrum. In short, Venus does have a set of conditions similar to Earth, thereby raising awareness to its future inhabitability.

“Venus has value as a destination in and of itself for exploration and colonization, but it’s also complementary to current Mars plans,” said Chris Jones of the Langley Research Center. “If you did Venus first, you could get a leg up on advancing those technologies and those capabilities ahead of doing a human-scale Mars mission. It’s a chance to do a practice run, if you will, of going to Mars.”


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