Mars may seem like the logical next step for mankind in the solar system. NASA scientists Dale Arney and Chris Jones disagree. The two work at Langley Research Center, exploring the idea of sending the NASA Venus mission to the skies over the pale silver dot’s surface.
It’s true that the surface of Venus resembles an inferno. Temperatures exceed 500 C. For a human, the surface would be like getting crushed in a trash compactor filled with magma. It turns out, however, that a mere 50 km above the surface is kind of like visiting Canada.
Albeit, a very warm Canada. At that level, the temperatures are around 75 C – just 17 degrees above the highest recorded [...]