Venus . . . the new fascinating venture planet for hot enthusiasts, especially at NASA and in clubs.
Like the Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back, a few NASA scientists have proposed a settlement on the “hottest” planet in our system. Rumor has it that Paris Hilton supports the plan completely. Hilton: “I love finding new ways to get high! And this is HOT!”
“The surface of Venus is quite different from other planets in the solar system,” Svedhem told Space.com. Radar images from Magellan showed that the Venusian surface is decorated with mountains; craters; thousands of volcanoes, some of which are much larger than Earth’s; lava-borne canals up to 3,000 miles (5,000 km) in length; ringlike structures called coronae, or crowns; and odd, deformed terrain called tesserae.
The planet’s defining surface characteristic, however, is its flat, smooth plains, which cover about two-thirds of Venus — these plains would, arguably, be the best places to set up a home base to live.
Walking around on Venus wouldn’t be a pleasant experience. The Venusian surface is completely dry because the planet suffers from a runaway greenhouse gas effect. That is, its thick atmosphere is full of heat-trapping carbon dioxide that keeps the planet’s surface temperatures at about 870 degrees Fahrenheit (465 degrees Celsius).
Venus’ gravity is almost 91 percent of Earth’s, so you could jump a little higher and objects would feel a bit lighter on Venus, compared with Earth. “You probably wouldn’t notice the difference in gravity so much, but what you would notice is the dense atmosphere,” Svedhem said. “The air is so thick that if try to move your arm quickly, you would feel resistance. It would almost be like being in water.”
Likewise, it’d be hard to miss the change in atmospheric pressure. At sea level on Earth, the air presses down on our bodies at 14.5 pounds per square inch, or 1 bar; the surface pressure on Venus is 92 bar. To experience that pressure on Earth, you’d have to travel more than 3,000 feet (914 m) down into the ocean.”