NASA will head to Venus for first time in roughly 30 years

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And by the time they get there, it’ll have been roughly 40 years since they last sent something there


maybe with the new increase in NASA’s budget we can see more stuff like this


It’s about time. We know from Venera data that Venus has a very high potential for colonization with technology that already exists today. *We could colonize Venus now.* The surface is too hot for manned colonies, but 40-52 km high in Venus’s atmosphere has comfortable Earth-like conditions. For example, 93% earth’s gravity. No bone density and atrophy issues. And even at 52km, there is enough radiation-blocking atmosphere overhead that radiation levels are comparable to radiation levels in Canada. Venus is also closer to the Sun, so solar power would be highly efficient. Breathable oxygen at 52km floats like helium does in Earth. And lastly, that pesky sulfuric acid haze— talk about an opportunity. **H2**S**O**4 can be converted into water and heat. Also sulfuric acid can’t corrode Teflon coated surfaces. The same technology that costs your morning egg skillet can protect our Venusian cloud colony’s hulls. So yeah, let’s go to Venus!


Just finished listening to The Planetary Society’s “Space Policy Edition” podcast and it covers not only these 2 missions, but an overview of the current budget request which is extremely promising. Just sent in a question to see if Mar Kaplan can answer whether there is or are any possibility that DaVinci+ can survive any landing and IF we can get a U.S. photo from the surface of Venus.


“My poor dog really thought our house was under attack from the way I was screaming when I found out our mission was selected,” tweeted the Planetary Science Institute’s David Grinspoon, a member of the DAVINCI+ team. “I’ve been pushing for this for literally my entire career,” he also tweeted. “Last U.S. Venus mission launched in 1989, year I finished grad school. So much to learn about climate, history of Earth-like worlds & life in the universe.”