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“NASA’s current paradigm is to fly from the Moon to Mars. We’re trying to present Venus as an additional target along the way.” Scientists propose manned mission to Venus

With a surface hot enough to melt lead, crushing atmospheric pressure, and clouds of sulfuric acid, Venus might not seem like the most enticing place for human exploration. But a panel of experts the Guardian spoke to advocates that another of our closest neighbors, not Mars, be the initial target of a manned mission to another planet.

You can’t walk on the surface of Venus, so astronauts would have to look down at the planet from a safe spacecraft during the flight.

What speaks in favor of the Venus mission, however, is that it is significantly closer, making a return mission feasible in a year compared to a potentially three-year round trip to Mars. According to a report presented at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Paris last week, the flyby would be scientifically valuable and could provide important experience for a long-duration deep space mission as a precursor to visiting Mars.

Venus has a bad reputation because it has such a complex surface environment.” said Dr. Noam Eisenberg of the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University and one of the proponents of the Venus flyby. “TNASA’s current paradigm is to fly from the Moon to Mars. We are trying to present Venus as an additional target along the way.“, the expert pointed out. He said there are practical arguments for including a flyby of Venus in a manned landing on Mars, which NASA hopes to accomplish by the end of the 2030s.

There has also been renewed scientific interest in Venus. The discovery of thousands of exoplanets raises the question of how many of them could be habitable, and scientists want to understand how and why Venus, a planet so similar to our own in size, mass and distance from the Sun, ended up in hellish conditions on the surface.

Eisenberg said the Venus flyby “isn’t popular yet” in the wider space travel community, although there are backers at NASA, including its chief economist Alexander Macdonald, who chaired the IAC meeting.

They produced a report titled “Goddess Encounter” that substantiates a hypothetical mission that astronauts could use remotely operated rovers, drones and hot air balloons to observe active volcanoes on Venus and look for signs of past water and ancient life.

There is every reason to believe that Venus will be an endless wonderland full of alluring and mysterious sights and formations.“, the report says.

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