Fans of Science Fiction narratives presenting life in space are about to see fiction taking form. Many of us wonder how it would be like to live in space. This question might be answered sooner than one would expect as NASA strategizes about creating a permanent human colony on Venus’ property.
NASA is making arrangements to dispatch sunlight- powered aircrafts to investigate Venus’ climate and to create a human colony in a gliding cloud city in the atmosphere of our planet’s closest neighbor.
The ones who recommended that we rather sent the first humans to Venus, rather than Mars were Dale Arney and Chris Jones, working for the Space Mission Analysis Branch of NASA’s Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate at Langley Research Center, in Virginia.
As a result, a NASA mission- called High Altitude Venus Operational Concept (HAVOC) – will not focus on exploring Venus’ surface but its atmosphere.
Experts suggest that the Venus’ superior atmosphere is presumably the most Earth-like environment close to our planet. It appears that 50 kilometers up its surface, Venus showcases one atmosphere of pressure and only marginally lower gravity than Earth. Additionally, the planet’s climate would also shelter astronauts from harming radiations, according to specialists. Venus’ closeness to the Sun gives it 40% more solar power compared to Earth’s and 240% more than what Mars gets.
According to estimations made by experts, a manned mission leaving from Earth could reach Venus in 440 days, based on close-future technical advancements and on the fact that the orbits of the two planets align over time. In comparison, getting to Mars with the same propulsive engineering would take more than 500 days in space at the very least.
HAVOC has in store several missions, starting with a robotic probe and continuing with a manned mission to the planet’s orbit. The first crewed mission is scheduled to stay in the orbit for about 30 days. After that, a second manned mission will stay in Venus’ atmosphere for another month.
The next mission, comprised of two astronauts will try to put up with a year in that atmosphere and only at a later stage a lasting human presence will be set in a sort of a cloud city.
The planet’s climate will be explored by an aircraft feeding on solar power and filled with helium. The robotic probe will probably have a length of 31 meters while the one with a crew on board is estimated to have 130 meters.
The manned airship would have a little habitat and an ascent aircraft- a winged two-stage rocket threw beneath the aerial shuttle which the space travelers would use to come back to Venus’ circle and home.
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