NASA Scientists Imagine Studying Venus

Venus is not a hospitable place for humans. The planet is covered in thick, billowing sulfuric acid clouds, underneath which temperatures reach nearly a thousand degrees Fahrenheit. If you were unfortunate enough to stand on Venus’ volcano-spotted surface, you would feel 100 times more pressure than you would be standing on the surface of our own planet, in large part due to its atmosphere. A team of them recently announced Project HAVOC, which stands for High Altitude Venus Operational Concept. The project details how a 30-day, manned mission to Venus might go down. And while the operation is purely speculative much of the necessary technology doesn’t exist yet it marks the first serious plan for how people might explore our nearest planetary neighbor. Even though this announcement arrived alongside news that NASA’s goals don’t match what the American public wants NASA to be doing, no one around here is complaining about this proposal. Because it’s an undeniably-cool sci-fi vision come to life.

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  • The planet is covered in thick, billowing sulfuric acid clouds, underneath which temperatures reach nearly a thousand degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If you were unfortunate enough to stand on Venus’ volcano-spotted surface, you would feel 100 times more pressure than you would be standing on the surface of our own planet, in large part due to its atmosphere. Naturally, NASA scientists have a lot of questions.
  • The project details how a 30-day, manned mission to Venus might go down.
  • Even though this announcement arrived alongside news that NASA’s goals don’t match what the American public wants NASA to be doing no one around here is complaining about this proposal.

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The proposed plan is more than a little risky. After reaching the destination the manned shuttle would attach to another rocket which contains the floating research station. As it plummets towards the surface, the station would deploy a parachute, unfold itself, filled with tons of helium sent along for the ride. And then stay afloat hopefully in a non-lethal altitude. The manned mission to the Venus will take much less time than the manned mission to the Mars because it is closer to the Earth than the Mars.