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High Altitude Venus Operational Concept

NASA’s High Altitude Venus Operational Concept will hopefully make Venus more explorable and habitable

A lot is made in the space community about travelling to the little red planet known as Mars, but what about our other closest neighbour, Venus. Well, a few facts about Venus that have generally made it difficult to explore include the fact that it is the hottest planet in the solar system (that’s right, it’s not Mercury) at a toasty average surface temperature of 462 °C, and the fact that its atmosphere pressure is 92 times than that of Earth’s atmosphere, which would make arriving on the planet like diving into the deepest deep sea trench on Earth. That’s where the High Altitude Venus Operational Concept comes in.

The High Altitude Venus Operational Concept, or HAVOC for short, is NASA‘s attempt at imagining how it might be possible to visit the planet and carry two astronauts closer to Venus’ surface than we’ve ever managed. It’s obviously comparable to a traditional blimp, but as the video above shows, contains some neat innovations in orbit reentry and exit techniques, as well as presumably incorporating some of our strongest materials to make a bouyant air vessel in one of the harshest atmosphere’s in our solar system. This would be the first step in hopefully being able to create a ‘blimp’ city of habitats for explorers to live. It’s pretty cool stuff, and we’d hope they’re able to attempt this mission sooner rather than later.

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Source: Digital Journal via BGR

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