|Source: NASA Langley Research Center|
But NASA has come up with a way to explore Venus by staying airborne. Fifty kilometers above the surface, pressure and gravity are within range of Earth, so NASA proposed what they call HAVOC or a High Altitude Venus Operational Concept. It's a lighter-than-air rocket ship that would allow a two man crew to spend thirty days exploring and analyzing the planet’s atmosphere. Beyond that, we could even set up permanent cloud cities floating among the clouds. Looks like George Lucas' Cloud City in Empire Strikes Back wasn't that far-fetched, after all.
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