NASA’s Floating City In Venus

Venus is known to be one of the hardest planet to live in – a far cry from the comfort of Earth. Despite that known fact, NASA is planning to build a blimp city and have it float 30 miles above Venus which is scorching hot. This blimp will be the home of a group of astronauts who will study the planet. Venus is the closest planet to Earth and NASA is currently building the concept of a 30-day mission. This 30-day period on a floating city with humans living could lead to a more permanent state if successful.

Venus is commonly known as the morning star because it shines brighter than any other planet discovered by astronomers years ago. The planet got its name from the ancient goddess of love and beauty. The planet has the most number of volcanoes compared to other planets in the solar system thereby making its surface very hot and hell-like.

The mean temperature of the planet is said to be 462 degrees in Celsius or 863 degrees in Fahrenheit. Its atmospheric pressure is like diving one mile underwater – a pressure which is 92 times than that of the Earth. Its surface is also covered in a layer of sulphuric acid and known to be able to melt lead. Probes sent to Venus only last for two hours and then melt away.

Scientists claim that 50 km above the surface, there is abundant carbon dioxide making the area’s condition the closest to Earth than any other planets in the solar system. At 50 km above the surface, the gravity is lower than that of Earth by a slight difference while the atmospheric pressure is the same. The space above will also create protection to the blimp thereby making it safe from solar radiation.

NASA is now working on a study on how to make these plans a reality for mankind and robots alike. They refer to this concept as the “HAVOC”. NASA claims that this operation is easier to achieve than any planned mission to other planets. Venus’ distance from the Earth is also a big advantage. The hardest challenge about the concept is flying the spacecraft inside Venus but not landing on the surface.

Success in humans inhabiting above Venus for a short period of time could lead to a possibility of a permanent floating city above the said planet.